Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Following a long day of talks yesterday, the Scottish Football Association announced today that George Burley is to remain as the manager of the Scotland national team, as he attempts to guide us into the Euros in 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.

The announcement will disappoint a lot of fans but I feel it is the right decision and he has AFTN's backing and support.

As we've mentioned before in this blog, the abuse directed towards him during the World Cup qualifying campaign, from both fans and the media alike, was over the top and unacceptable.

Sure his team selections and tactics annoyed the hell out of me at times in the past year but the signs are there that he has started to turn the team around, get rid of some of the deadwood and stamp his managerial style over the squad. To replace him now would have seen us go back to square one once again.

I admire Burley for sticking things out and wanting to remain as Scotland boss. You could clearly see what it all meant to him during the Holland game and in Burley we have a man who will see the job through and not walk out when a big Club contract comes along like the deserting rats Walter Smith and Alex McLeish did before him.

The Euros don't really hold as much importance to me as the World Cup. I'd be happy to see us using the Euro qualifying games to blood younger players and keep a stable and youthful team that we can build upon and mould into a force to be reckoned with once again.

I believe Burley is the man to do that and have the patience to do that. What we need to do as fans now, is to show that similar patience and to back him 100%. It might not be a pretty ride but I feel we'll reach our destination in better shape for it.

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