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Coyle offers Burley his backing

Owen Coyle
Paisley-born Coyle joined Burnley from Scottish side St Johnstone

Burnley boss Owen Coyle has given his support to George Burley to continue as Scotland manager.

Wednesday's World Cup qualifying defeat by Holland means Scotland have missed out on reaching a major tournament for the sixth successive time.

"I really felt for George," Coyle told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"There's been a couple of good goal-scoring opportunities missed during the campaign and if they'd gone in things could've been different."

The Scotland-born former Republic of Ireland international accepts failure to qualify for a tournament will always increase the pressure on any manager.

I think it'll give everybody in England and the Premier League a big boost ahead of the rest of the campaign

Burnley manager Owen Coyle on England's qualification

"Because of the nature of football there will always be speculation and people who have opinions," he said.

"But I was at Saturday's game against Macedonia and they fully merited the victory and could have had a few more goals.

"And watching last night if Scotland had won there'd have been no arguments."

Coyle, who guided Burnley to the top-flight of English football for the first time in 33 years, said emotions could not be more different either side of the border.

"Having watched England they were immense," he said.

"I think it'll give everybody in England and the Premier League a big boost ahead of the rest of the campaign."

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see also
Scots to consider Burley future
10 Sep 09 |  Internationals
Scotland 0-1 Netherlands
09 Sep 09 |  Internationals
Scotland 2-0 Macedonia
05 Sep 09 |  Internationals
Burley praises players and fans
05 Sep 09 |  Internationals

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