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Houston hits out at SFA over Levein

Scotland assistant manager Peter Houston has criticised the Scottish Football Association over the length of time it has taken deliberating the future of Craig Levein.

The seven-man SFA board met over the weekend to discuss the future of Levein - whose contract runs until 2014 - following Scotland's poor start to the World Cup qualifying campaign and will announce their decision on Monday.

Scotland currently sit bottom of their qualifying group with two points from four matches and qualification already looks well beyond them.

Despite the unimpressive start, Houston feels that if the SFA is unhappy then a decision on Levein should have been made sooner.

Asked if the scenario was unfair on the the former Dundee United boss, Houston replied: "I think so. It shouldn't take so long if I am being honest.

"There is a decision to be made. You either want to keep Craig Levein as manager or you want to remove him. It shouldn't take two or three days of conference calls to do that. Is it nearly three weeks since the Belgium game?

"Fair enough, the SFA were wanting to let the whole situation calm down a bit before discussing that but now they have discussed it over two days, and I am going with what I am reading and hearing, it shouldn't be that hard to make that decision.

"I spoke to Craig on Wednesday and I haven't spoken to him since. That is not my business as such but I still regard Craig Levein as one of the top managers in the game, I have worked with him so long, I know how good he is and I would like him to get that opportunity to stay on.''

Houston confirmed that he will follow Levein out of the door if the Scotland manager is removed from his post.

"I am not contracted. I joined Craig as his assistant when he asked me," he said. "I don't get any money for it, I never wanted any money for it. There is money paid to the club which goes to youth development, which is great.

"So if Craig is removed I will make a phone call to the SFA.''

Scotland face Luxembourg in an away friendly on November 14 and do not have another qualifier until hosting Wales on March 22.

Reports claim sacking Levein now could cost the SFA up to £700,000.

Information from the Press Association has been used in this report


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