axe set to fall

Scotland boss Burley set for Tuesday showdown

September 15, 2009

George Burley's crunch meeting with the Scottish Football Association hierarchy is set to take place at Hampden at noon on Tuesday.

The Scotland boss, who has a contract until 2012, will meet SFA president George Peat, chief executive Gordon Smith, Campbell Ogilvie and Alan McRae to discuss his future after the national team failed yet again to qualify for the finals of a major tournament.

Despite being handed a relatively kind draw for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, a 1-0 defeat by Holland at Hampden last Wednesday meant Burley's side finished third in Group Nine behind the Dutch and Norway.

Scotland have not qualified for the finals of a major tournament since the 1998 World Cup in France and that failure following a troubled campaign has left Burley battling for his future.

Opinions are mixed with regards Burley's probable fate but the former Hearts manager insisted over the weekend that he still has the appetite to continue.

"I still have a passion for this job,'' he said. "We are heading in the right direction and I will do everything I can to make this country successful. However, if the SFA decide the job isn't there for me I will accept it and move on.''