THE Scottish FA have announced that Malkay Mackay has left his role as Performance Director.

Mackay's position at Hampden had been under threat amid cost cutting considerations being undertaken by Chief Executive Ian Maxwell.

Mackay had been in his post for four years and a statement from the Scottish FA read: "The Scottish FA can confirm that Malky Mackay has today stepped down from his role as Performance Director.  

"Malky joined the association four years ago and has had overarching responsibility to improve elite talent development across the game, working in partnership with the clubs to develop and deliver successful future international players and support our elite coaches. 

"Malky has embedded strong core principles within the performance strategy, which have cascaded through our National Youth Teams, the Scottish FA Performance Schools and Club Academy Scotland.

"He has also played a vital role in further developing the Scottish FA’s renowned Coach Education curriculum and also worked on the prestigious UEFA Jira Coaching Panel."