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Last Updated: Monday November 16 2009 17:56 GMT

Scotland boss George Burley axed

George Burley

George Burley has been sacked as the manager of the Scottish National Football team.

The Scottish Football Association confirmed on Monday that Burley lost his job after just 22 months in charge.

The change comes just days after a very embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Wales in Cardiff, which was the fifth match in a row that Scotland failed to score in.

Scotland won't be playing in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, after failing to qualify from their group.

Now Scottish football bosses will search for a new person to take charge of the team and help them qualify for the European Championships in 2012.

A statement from the Scottish Football Association said: "It should be stressed that the decision was not a direct consequence of Saturday's unacceptable 3-0 defeat to Wales but, rather, a realisation that the expectations of the supporters, the Scottish FA and George himself, were not being met."

Who's next?

It also said that the board decided to let Burley carry on leading the team after "improved performances in the last two qualifiers against Macedonia and Holland" but performances after that weren't good enough.

Dundee United managed Craig Levein has been tipped to take over the role from Burley.