Former Ilkeston boss Watson is appointed Scotland coach

Andy Watson
Andy Watson

Former Ilkeston FC boss Andy Watson has been appointed to the Scotland coaching staff for the World Cup 2018 qualifiers.

Watson, 56, was previously assistant manager to Alex McLeish for the national team in 2007 before accompanying McLeish to Birmingham City, and has now been drafted in by current Scotland boss Gordon Strachan.

Watson worked alongside Strachan’s son, Gavin, at Ilkeston last season, initially as assistant manager before then becoming head coach after Strachan’s departure to Doncaster Rovers. Watson left Ilkeston in April.

He said: “Firstly, it is an honour and a privilege to have been asked to help my country and, it goes without saying, I had no hesitation in doing so.”

“I actually missed Gordon’s call when he phoned and when I called him back I thought it would be to organise scouting so I was humbled when he asked if I would be willing to help out for the World Cup qualifiers.

“It was a great experience to work with the national team set-up before, under Alex, and we came really close to qualifying then. I am confident that we can go a step closer this time and I am really excited about getting started and helping Gordon and Mark (McGhee) in any way I can.”

Watson replaces Stuart McCall on the Scotland staff after he was appointed as manager of Bradford City.