A CARETAKER manager will take charge of Scotland when they play an international friendly at Pittodrie on November 9.

SFA Performance Director Malky Mackay, who has extensive management experience having worked with Watford, Cardiff City and Wigan Athletic in the past, is poised to return to the dugout on a temporary basis.

Mackay was installed as one of the favourites to take over from Gordon Strachan, who the SFA yesterday announced will not be in charge when the UEFA 2020 campaign gets underway in 2019, permanently.

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Davie Moyes, the former Preston North End, Everton, Manchester United, and Real Sociedad manager who has been out of work since parting company with Sunderland in May, is the favourite to succeed Strachan.

Derek McInnes, who has done well on a limited budget at Aberdeen in the last four years, Paul Lambert, who left English Championship club Wolves at the end of last season, and Alex McLeish, who was in charge of Scotland for 10 games back in 2007, are the others in the frame for the position.