Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Time Running out for Burley; Crisis Talks Could Spell End for Scotland Manager

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Time Running out for Burley; Crisis Talks Could Spell End for Scotland Manager

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Wales 3 Scotland 0 GEORGE Burley's future as Scotland boss is hanging by a thread after Saturday's humiliating loss in Cardiff. The Scottish Football Association will gather this week to assess Burley's posiition and it is understood the meeting is likely to spell the end of his tenure as national team boss.

Former Sunderland defender Burley (pictured below) managed to hold onto his job in the wake of his failure to steer Scotland to a play-off spot for the World Cup finals but his position has come under intense scrutiny again following a dreadful performance in Wales at the weekend.

With the Scots trailing by three goals by half-time, furious fans called for Burley's dismissal throughout the second half at the Cardiff City Stadium before the players left the pitch to boos at the final whistle.

Burley himself then attempted to dodge questions about his future in his post-match press conference before eventually conceding it would not be his decision whether he would still be in charge for the next game against the Czech Republic in March. Burley met with SFA chiefs back in September within days of the defeat to Holland, which had ended any hope of Scotland participating in next summer's World Cup finals.

On that occasion, he managed to convince SFA office-bearers that he was the right man to lead Scotland into the qualifying campaign for the 2012 European Championship following a "full and frank" review.

He had been under huge pressure heading into the final two qualifiers against Holland and Macedonia but it was felt there were enough positives from that double-header to suggest the national team was moving in the right direction.

However, it would appear that, just two months later, Burley has finally lost the backing of the SFA. He has endured a turbulent period in charge of the national team since his appointment in January 2008, with Rangers striker Kris Boyd's refusal to play under him and the infamous 'Boozegate' affair involving Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor among the major flashpoints during his time at the helm. …

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