Steve Clarke Scotland stance becomes clearer with timeline set out for SFA talks

The Scottish FA look set to show faith in Steve Clarke but will hold formal talks at the end of summer.

The Scotland manager has been under pressure from the Tartan Army after a hugely underwhelming Euro 2024 - the second successive Euros that has ended as a damp squib. With only one point accrued from the three games, criticism levelled at the boss were that he was too cautious with both tactics and substitutions and too loyal to certain players.

Our side only scored two goals, one of which was an own goal and the other a deflected effort, and conceded seven. To make matters worse, sides like Georgia, who we comfortably finished ahead of in qualifying, have had success at the tournament by adopting a fearless approach.

Clarke has a lot off goodwill among the support for transforming the national team and getting us back to a major competition for the first time since 1998, but there are growing concerns about what happens once we get there. That has led to a belief from some that the time is right for a change, with David Moyes increasingly mentioned as a potential successor.

But it looks as if the SFA are poised to stick with their man. The Scottish Sun are reporting president Mike Mulraney is still giving the manager his full backing - and Clarke's position is not under threat unless he himself makes the decision to end his tenure.

It's believed the former Kilmarnock boss and Mulraney are yet to meet to discuss the failure at the tournament and what went wrong, with both happy to have a summer break first. They will then have a debrief but the report insists Clarke will be allowed to carry on in the role.