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Last Updated: Monday, 1 November, 2004, 16:49 GMT
Impossible task for Vogts

By Alan Hansen
BBC Sport football expert

First things first. Trying to bring footballing success to Scotland was a near-impossible job for Berti Vogts.

Berti Vogts
Vogts' departure does not solve the problems facing Scottish football
He never had the players to work with, and put simply that means he did not have much at all.

But you cannot say he has been treated harshly, because people will look at his record, and it is impossible to argue against the fact that it was time for a change.

I think Vogts is a great manager, with a great track record, but even he was getting disillusioned with the job.

Somewhere along the line you need fresh blood, a new impetus.

But it is important for the fans to remember that Vogts' departure does not solve the problems facing Scottish football.

Will the new guy coming in do any better than Berti? I don't think so.

True, he might give a bit of fresh enthusiasm and he might give the Scottish public a bit of hope.

But it is such a hard job.

The system was against Vogts. If you have promising players aged, say, 17, 18 or 19 and you want them to develop, they need a chance in the big time.

If you look at what has happened in Scotland, the clubs have taken a chance on far too many foreign players who have not always worked out.

Look at the last Old Firm match in August. Only four Scottish-born players started that game, and that is where your problem lies.

I signed for Partick aged 18, and was in the first team in three weeks - not because I was any good, but because they did not have anybody else!

When I came to Liverpool I was in the first team after six weeks. What that did was help my development.

If you do not get in and have a go at it, then you just get lost.

The only way you can improve is by getting a chance to play, and what has happened in Scotland is that the younger players have not had a chance to get in.

The new manager will not solve these problems overnight. But one factor, I think, that will help is if he is a Scot.

That will at least be an asset when it comes to analysing exactly where the problems lie.




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