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Last Updated: Friday, 2 May, 2003, 11:49 GMT 12:49 UK
Legends call for Vogts to go
Scotland boss Berti Vogts during the defeat by Austria
Former stars say Berti Vogts does not know his best formation
Legends of Scottish football have joined forces in condemnation of Berti Vogts, with the international manager being branded "an imposter" and "embarrassing".

Kenny Dalglish, Jim McLean, Charlie Nicholas, Gordon McQueen and Davie Provan have all hit out at the German in the wake of Wednesday's dismal 2-0 friendly defeat by Austria.

And several have called for Vogts to be sacked, while pointing out that the resulting compensation could bankrupt the Scottish Football Association.

But there have been some words of support for the coach, with Danny McGrain and Richard Gough suggesting that the players have to shoulder much of the blame.

McLean, the former Dundee United boss seen by many as the best boss Scotland never had, said: "Berti Vogts is nowhere near good enough to be Scotland manager. In fact, he doesn't have a clue.

Privately, the players will tell you Berti simply can't make a decision
Former Scotland winger Davie Provan
"His tactics are ludicrous and I would have expected my wife to put out a better team than he did against Austria."

A late switch of Christian Dailly to an unusual left wing-back marking role, with full-back Gary Naysmith in midfield, and playing a back three system unfamiliar to his defenders had many observers scratching their heads in disbelief.

Scotland changed tactics as they improved after half-time, but Vogts again blamed a lack of passion and commitment for the poor performance.

"Vogts is negative on the park and just as bad off it," said McLean. "His comments after the final whistle were as embarrassing as his team's performance.

"Vogts simply isn't up to the job. The people who appointed him should resign."

Provan, the former Scotland winger who had previously asked that Vogts be given more time, now says: "If that apology of a performance against Austria told us anything, it is that Vogts is an imposter.

"He has lost the confidence of our players. Privately, they will tell you he simply can't make a decision."

Provan's former Celtic team-mate and ex-Blackburn and Liverpool boss, Dalglish, said: "While he can hardly be blamed for his players' lack of technique - and he is right to lament the lack of Scottish talent - there does come a time when every manager has to hold up his hands."

Another former Celtic and Scotland forward, Nicholas, said: "I've always said we should give him a year then reflect on it.

"There is no shape, no formation and no direction. That's why the fans aren't coming and Berti doesn't have the personality to lift it.

"But, if you sack him, it will cost the best part of 1m and Scottish football would be bankrupt."

Former Scotland defender McQueen said: "I'm baffled as to what he was doing on Wednesday night.

"I just don't see how Berti is going to change things round. I don't think he can."

But McGrain, whose comments were echoed by fellow former Scotland captain Gough, insists that the players have to shoulder much of the criticism.

"After two victories, everybody thought the manager was great and, after two defeats, people are thinking the manager's hopeless, which takes the blame off them," said fromer Celtic defender McGrain.

"There should be players strong enough to change it to suit them on the park or argue with the manager at half-time or talk to the manager during the game.

"I've done it as captain at Celtic and Scotland and I said things to people like Jock, Big Billy, David Hay and Willie Ormond.

"Whoever comes in might have a different formation and bring in one or two other players, but who does he bring in?"






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