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Last Updated: Tuesday, 2 November, 2004, 10:53 GMT
Ferguson admits guilt over Vogts
Ferguson was one of Vogts' senior players with Scotland
Ferguson was one of Vogts' senior players with Scotland
Scotland captain Barry Ferguson has admitted that the players must take their share of responsibility for Berti Vogts' decision to resign.

"I'm the captain of a country without a manager and the only word that sums up how I feel is guilty," Ferguson told The Sun newspaper.

"I knew in my heart of hearts that it was partly down to me.

"I let Berti down, simple as that. I was his skipper, we didn't get the results he needed and he lost his job."

The Blackburn midfielder added: "It has left me riddled with guilt. That's how I feel and all the players will feel the same."

Vogts blamed the abuse he received from a small minority of fans for his decision to quit - and he revealed that he had been spat at by fans after the disappointing 1-1 draw with Moldova.

There has to be a reality check on what was expected of Berti
Scotland captain Barry Ferguson
"We didn't get a result but for someone to spit on you is a sick joke," said Ferguson.

"Berti gave Scotland everything he had, the guy could not have given more effort to our cause than he did.

"There has to be a reality check on what was expected of Berti. I view this as a very hard job.

"We as players know it was tough on the manager in a results-driven business.

"I sensed walking off the pitch in Moldova after that 1-1 draw that it was over for him."

Meanwhile, former Germany manager Franz Beckenbauer sympathised with his former team-mate's plight.

"I think it's a very tough and difficult job for a German manager to be the manager of the Scottish national team," Beckenbauer told BBC Radio Five Live.

"There's a language problem and one with the mentality.

"The results weren't too good but I think he was missing the talent like they had 20 or 30 years ago.

"If you are criticised heavily like he was then maybe it's time to say goodbye."

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