Andy Roxburgh

Andy Roxburgh

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Andy Roxburgh (born 1 August 1943 in Glasgow) is a former Scottish football player and coach. He has been UEFA Technical Director since 1994.

Playing career

In his playing days Roxburgh appeared for Queen's Park, East Stirlingshire, Partick Thistle, Falkirk and Clydebank.


Following his retirement as a player, Roxburgh was appointed as the Scottish Football Association's Technical Director in 1975.

Roxburgh coached the Scotland Under-19 team to victory in the final of the UEFA European Under-18 Football Championship in 1982, where his team beat Czechoslovakia 3-1 in Helsinki.

The way for Roxburgh to become Scotland national team manager was paved on 10 September 1985, when the legendary national coach Jock Stein collapsed and died at the end of the 1-1 draw against Wales at Ninian Park, Cardiff - a result which saw Scotland reach the playoff stage for World Cup qualification. Stein's assistant Alex Ferguson (the Aberdeen manager) was put in temporary charge and oversaw victory in the playoff against Australia and book Scotland's place in the World Cup finals in Mexico. Scotland failed to progress beyond the group stages and after Ferguson rejected the offer to become Scotland manager on a permanent basis, Roxburgh was named as his successor on 1 July 1986 - ahead of more experienced and distinguished candidates including Billy McNeill, Jim McLean, Kenny Dalglish and Tommy Docherty.He would remain in the role for more than seven...
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