Gavin David Strachan is a Scottish former professional footballer, current coach and sports journalist. Strachan began his football career at Coventry City where his father, Gordon Strachan, had taken over as player-manager in 1996. He was loaned out to Dundee in 1998, making nine appearances. Back at Coventry he played in sixteen league games, eleven of them as a substitute; he left soon after the senior Strachan stepped down as manager in late 2001. He scored once during his spell at Coventry, scoring a penalty against Preston North End in the League Cup. In March 2003 Strachan joined Peterborough United, in a loan deal scheduled for the remainder of the season. He joined Southend on a free transfer shortly afterwards however, but was released by the club six weeks later, at the end of 2002/03. He then moved to Hartlepool United on a free transfer. He enjoyed more success here and managed to play regular first team football for three seasons, appearing in seventy-eight matches and scoring seven. During this, the most successful spell of his playing career, Strachan was pencilled into the Scotland international squad, but the call for his first full international cap never came. Meanwhile he was capped eight times for the Scotland national under-21 football team. After a serious injury in the 2005/06 season, his career has disturbed and then he moved every season in different club. In September 2008, Strachan began writing a blog for the BBC News site to help his degree in Professional Sports Writing and Broadcasting at Staffordshire University.