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Levein years over for Scotland

Monday 5 November 2012 19.55 CET
Craig Levein has been relieved of his Scotland duties

The Scottish Football Association (SFA) have parted company with national team manager Craig Levein following a board meeting this afternoon. Under-21 coach Billy Stark, 55, has been named as his interim replacement.

SFA chief executive Stewart Regan said: "We are taking this decision with real sadness. Craig has worked hard to bring success, and has been thoroughly professional in his approach to the job. He has achieved a great deal with the team and in other areas. However, he would be the first to agree that football is a results-driven business."

The 48-year-old former Heart of Midlothian FC, Leicester City FC and Dundee United FC manager was appointed in December 2009 but has only managed three wins in 12 competitive fixtures during his time in charge. Scotland are bottom of FIFA World Cup Group A with two points from their first four fixtures. A defender who spent the bulk of his playing career at Hearts, Levein made 16 appearances for Scotland.

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