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Burley on the outs; Souness thinks Scotland lack talent

November 16, 2009


In September, WDKF reported Scotland Manager George Burley was walking on thin ice following Scotland’s failure to qualify for South Africa although it appeared the 53 year old ex-International still enjoyed the support of many of his players.

Scotland’s 0-3 defeat to Wales at the weekend has all but sealed Burley’s fate, however, and reports from Bonnie Scotland state George will soon be on the dole.

But who would replace Burley?  And are Scotland’s failures really a management issue?  Graeme Souness may have just crossed himself off a few Christmas card lists as he told the press he wouldn’t want the Scotland job primarily because the country has produced no talent to work with.

Burley’s contract as Scotland Manager runs until 2012 but his 22 month reign as gaffer hasn’t been promising with 3 wins in 14 matches.

The SFA have a bit of time to get their house in order as Scotland’s next match is not until March when they face the Czech Republic.
Per an SFA correspondent, it appears Burley will be asked to step down before the Euro 2012 qualification draw is held on February 7.

Ex Scotland Captain Graeme Souness is on the short list of potential names to replace Burley but it appears he is not interested in the job due to his perception that Scotland lacks talent.

“I don’t think if you had Arsene Wenger or Alex Ferguson managing the Scottish team right now the results would be much different.  I think the Scottish players right now are a limited bunch. In international football you can’t go out and buy players, you can’t drastically change your squad. You are working with what the country has thrown up at that particular time. Whoever is the manager will find it difficult to get the results that will make the nation happy. I don’t know if he (Burley) has done a good job, an indifferent job or a great job. The results are not good enough and, looking at the group of players he is working with, I’m not sure whoever you got in would have changed that very much.”

-Graeme Souness

Alright, a bit harsh but maybe Souness has a point; looking at the Scotland player’s list, shortcomings are visible.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. November 16, 2009 4:30 pm

    Scotland have one player…Darren Fletcher

    and thats it. I dont even consider McFadden that great tho he can bag the odd genius like goal.

  2. maserati4200 permalink
    November 16, 2009 4:48 pm

    Scotland: A Rabble without a Clue.

    Wales were excellent – plenty for Cymru to be proud of, and hopeful for the future

  3. November 16, 2009 9:27 pm

    Jack Charlton? Yeah I know he’s English but he was born near Scotland!
    With the dearth of talent north of the border, get big Jack on the case digging up players with very tenuous Scottish connections.

  4. November 17, 2009 12:41 am

    Ah, he’s been sacked just this afternoon.

    Bookies are for Dundee United’s Craig Levein.

    I feel a bit bad for the man but fingers crossed Scotland bounce back and do something in Euro 2012.

  5. November 17, 2009 3:28 pm

    I wonder if Darren Ferguson will fancy a go?

    • November 17, 2009 3:53 pm

      He’d be my bet to take it, I’m sure he’d have a good hotline to Old Trafford if needed!

      • November 18, 2009 1:41 am

        i could understand if the SFA went for him..young and dynamic..and free! The only other person id consider would be Walter Smith cos of how he had the team playing before he buggered off to Rangers again.

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