Football: Ex-Scotland boss Levein ends sacking dispute

Former Scotland manager Craig Levein on Thursday settled his legal dispute with the Scottish Football Association following his dismissal.

Levein was asked to leave his post on full pay in November, but his contract was due to run until the 2014 World Cup so he then resigned and launched legal action over compensation.

After several months of negotiations, former Hearts and Dundee United boss Levein has agreed a suitable settlement for an undisclosed figure.

"The Scottish FA and Craig Levein confirm that a mutually acceptable settlement has been reached for an undisclosed sum in relation to Craig's contract with the Scottish FA," a statement read.

"The Scottish FA wishes Craig well for the future. No further comment will be made on this matter."

Scotland, who had made a poor start to their World Cup qualifying campaign during Levein's reign, are now managed by Gordon Strachan, but they can't qualify for the tournament in Brazil following a 2-0 defeat in Serbia on Tuesday.

Their fourth consecutive qualifying defeat made Scotland the first European nation eliminated from World Cup contention.