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Fletcher: We must save Burley's job

Darren Fletcher has urged Scotland to save George Burley's job by winning their remaining World Cup qualifiers against FYR Macedonia and Holland.

Burley's job as manager has come under threat in the wake of this month's 4-0 thrashing in Norway, which left Scotland's hopes of reaching next summer's finals in South Africa hanging by a thread.

Fletcher, who captained the side in Norway, insists Burley has his full backing, saying in the Herald: ''No player wants to see a manager sacked or forced to resign.

''We want George to take us to the World Cup and anything else is just speculation. Continuity helps at this level but sometimes managers don't get enough time.''

Manchester United midfielder Fletcher added: ''He is a good manager, he creates a good atmosphere and tries to get us to play the right way.

''His ethos is about getting the ball down, we have a lot of attacking wide players who are exciting and want to take on full-backs and the manager preaches this. Everyone wants to play in a team like that. The manager has the full backing of the players.

''He is a likeable manager and one I enjoy playing for. With a bit of luck, he can take us to the play-offs and, who knows? He might be the manager who takes us to the World Cup.

''I'd love that for him, the team and the country. The World Cup seems 1,000 miles away just now but we're still in with a chance.''

Scotland lie third in World Cup qualifying Group Nine and must beat FYR Macedonia on Saturday week and Holland the following Wednesday to stand any hope of reaching the play-offs.


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