Football: Doc Blasts the SFA on Interviews

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Football: Doc Blasts the SFA on Interviews


Byline: Chris Roberts

FORMER Scotland boss Tommy Docherty last night blasted dithering SFA chiefs for calling Tommy Burns in for an interview.

Docherty thinks Burns should have been instantly installed as the new manager with George Burley his No.2 on a part-time basis.

The Celtic coach seems reluctant to go through the interview process after being slapped on a shortlist with Graeme Souness, Mark McGhee and Burley.

The SFA insist talks with the quartet are going well but Docherty thinks Hampden bosses should already have their man in place.

All the interviews will be concluded next week by SFA chief executive Gordon Smith, president George Peat, vice-president Campbell Ogilvie and Alan McRae of Cove Rangers.

But Docherty, who took over the national side from September 1972 before going to Manchester United over a year later, thinks they have already made a mess of things.

The 79-year-old said: "I am surprised at what has been happening, especially with Gordon Smith in charge.

"I thought he would have said, 'I am going to get him' and gone for his man.

"They should have gone for who they wanted instead of asking managers to come in for interviews.

"It is a cheek to ask men of this stature for interviews but it's not a shock because I had fights with SFA bosses every day I was in charge.

"David Will at Brechin was vice-president of FIFA. You wonder how these people get these jobs.

"Geoff Thompson was at the English FA and he had one foot in the grave and one on a banana skin. …

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