New Scotland manager Gordon Strachan believes the Scottish Football Association did him a favour by overlooking him for the job nine years ago.
The former Coventry, Southampton, Celtic and Middlesbrough boss was confirmed in the post on Tuesday before a lunchtime press conference at Hampden The 55-year-old, who has been out of management since leaving Boro in October 2010, was interviewed for the job in 2004 following the dismissal of Berti Vogts but lost out to rival candidate Walter Smith.
However, he insists that disappointment turned out to be a blessing in disguise. He said: "When I look back on it, I think it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I went on progress and do other things. All the experiences I have had as a manager have prepared me for this time."
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