Scottish FA president George Peat confirms Burley review
Scottish FA president George Peat has confirmed that George Burley's position as Scotland manager will be reviewed after the World Cup campaign.
Peat also conceded that Burley will require wins against Macedonia and the Netherlands if Scotland are to have any hope of reaching the World Cup finals.
"There's always pressure on the manager and George has been in the game long enough to cope with it," said Peat.
He also condemned diving in football, labelling it "a terrible cancer".
Burley has been under intense scrutiny almost since the start of his tenure as Scotland manager, following an opening defeat to Macedonia in the first match of the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.
Nobody likes cheating, diving or simulation - call it what you like, we would just like to win the game fairly
SFA president George Peat
A 4-0 defeat away to Norway in August compounded the pressure on Scotland's attempts to qualify for a major international tournament for the first time since France in 1998.
However, Peat insisted that no discussions would take place about Burley's future as head coach until Scotland's fate is known.
"We agreed when George came on board we would wait until the World Cup campaign was over," said Peat. "Then we would sit down and review the position by seeing how he felt and how we felt."
Peat insisted that 4-0 defeat in Oslo has made Scotland's task even more difficult and pointed towards a crucial miss by Chris Iwelumo in the 0-0 draw against Norway at Hampden last September.
"People are tending to use that as the bad result of the tournament," said Peat.
"But had a certain centre forward not missed an open goal in the first match with Norway we would have been three points ahead of Norway at this stage and the pressure just wouldn't have been as great."
The SFA President also added his thoughts to the recent debate about diving in football, following the two-match ban issued to Arsenal striker Eduardo for deceiving the referee to earn his side a penalty against Celtic in their Champions League play-off.
"Nobody likes cheating, diving or simulation - call it what you like, we would just like to win the game fairly," said Peat.
"Right from day one our chief executive Gordon Smith has been trying to stamp this out - and nobody disagrees with that.
"It's a terrible cancer that's managed to creep into the game.
"Although it's not as bad here as in other countries, we want to eradicate it."
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