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Burley keen to learn Scots fate

Scotland manager George Burley
Burley wants to remain Scotland manager despite World Cup failure

George Burley believes he should already have been told whether failure to qualify for the 2010 World Cup will cost him his job as Scotland manager.

Burley, whose contract runs until 2012, will meet the Scottish Football Association next week to decide whether he will continue in the role.

"I will do everything I can to make this country successful," he said.

"But it's a little bit ridiculous that it's hanging on at the moment. I'd like to know one way or another."

The SFA wants to hear Burley's views on how he intends to develop the national team before deciding on his future.

Scotland's hopes of securing a play-off place for the World Cup finals in South Africa were dashed last week following the 1-0 defeat by the Netherlands.

However, Burley said he still had a passion for the job and believed the team was moving in the right direction.

He endured a turbulent World Cup qualifying campaign, with a number of controversial off-the-field incidents to contend with.

Four or five players maybe particularly didn't want to play for me and didn't give me the respect they should have

George Burley

Striker Kris Boyd's decision to retire while Burley remained in charge, and Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor's indiscipline while on Scotland duty added to the manager's problems.

"Four or five players maybe particularly didn't want to play for me and didn't give me the respect they should have, and that had to be sorted out and has been," said Burley.

"I can't single players out but everybody has to be together. We knew we had a problem and it's been addressed one way or another and it's shown in performances," Burley said.

"Against Macedonia and Holland, the players showed that it has been eradicated. I think the players and myself have shown a better bond. That's important."

Speaking last week after the disappointment of finishing third in Group 9, SFA chief executive Gordon Smith said he had always stressed there would be a review at the end of the campaign.



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