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Peat confirms Burley job review

By John Barnes


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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see also
Norway 4-0 Scotland
12 Aug 09 |  Internationals
Macedonia 1-0 Scotland
06 Sep 08 |  Internationals
Iwelumo vows to shake off howler
11 Oct 08 |  Internationals
Uefa retracts Eduardo diving ban
14 Sep 09 |  Europe
Uefa bans Eduardo for two matches
01 Sep 09 |  Europe
SFA happy with diving crackdown
01 Sep 09 |  Scottish Premier
Wenger angry over Eduardo charge
28 Aug 09 |  Europe
Eduardo defended over dive claims
27 Aug 09 |  Europe
Celtic boss refuses to blame ref
26 Aug 09 |  Celtic

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