Featured Matches
Previous
Real Salt Lake
Montreal Impact
3
1
FT
Game Details
AC Milan
Olympiakos
0
3
FT
Game Details
Vélez Sarsfield
Estudiantes de Caseros
0
2
FT
Game Details
FC Groningen
Aberdeen
1
2
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 2
Game Details
Sligo
Rosenborg
1
3
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 3 - 4
Game Details
Stjarnan
Motherwell
3
2
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 5 - 4
Game Details
Shakhter Karagandy
FK Atlantas
3
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 3 - 0
Game Details
Shakhter Karagandy
FK Atlantas
3
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 3 - 0
Game Details
Hapoel Be'er Sheva
RNK Split
0
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 2
Game Details
MyPa
Dinamo Minsk
0
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 3
Game Details
Omonia Nicosia
FK Buducnost Podgorica
0
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 2 - 0
Game Details
Haugesund
FK Sarajevo
1
3
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 2 - 3
Game Details
Kuban Krasnodar
Sillamae Kalev
5
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 9 - 0
Game Details
Inter Baku
Elfsborg
(3) 0
(4) 1
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 1
Game Details
IFK Goteborg
Györi ETO FC
0
1
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 3 - 1
Game Details
Lech Poznan
Kalju
3
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 3 - 1
Game Details
Liberec
MFK Kosice
3
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 4 - 0
Game Details
Tromso
Víkingur Gøta
1
2
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 2
Game Details
KS Flamurtari Vlorë
Petrolul Ploiesti
1
3
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 5
Game Details
SV Grödig Amateure
Cukaricki Belgrade
1
2
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 5 - 2
Game Details
Chikhura Sachkhere
Bursaspor
(4) 0
(1) 0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
AIK Solna
Linfield
2
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 2 - 1
Game Details
Zimbru Chisinau
CSKA Sofia
0
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 1
Game Details
Shakhter Soligorsk
Derry City
5
1
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 6 - 1
Game Details
FC Vaduz
Ruch Chorzow
0
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 2 - 3
Game Details
Esbjerg FB
Kairat Almaty
1
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 2 - 1
Game Details
FC Spartak Trnava
FC Zestafoni
3
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 3 - 0
Game Details
FC Groningen
Aberdeen
1
2
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 2
Game Details
FC Zorya Luhansk
Laci
2
1
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 5 - 1
Game Details
Hapoel Tel Aviv
Astana 1964
1
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 3
Game Details
Sligo
Rosenborg
1
3
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 3 - 4
Game Details
Zawisa Bydgoszcz
S.V. Zulte Waregem
1
3
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 2 - 5
Game Details
Vojvodina
AS Trencin
3
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 3 - 4
Game Details
Asteras Tripolis
RoPS
4
2
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 5 - 3
Game Details
Hajduk Split
Dundalk
1
2
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 3 - 2
Game Details
ND Gorica
Molde
1
1
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 2 - 5
Game Details
Jagodina
CFR Cluj-Napoca
0
1
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 1
Game Details
NK Koper
Neftchi Baku PFC
0
2
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 2 - 3
Game Details
Ferencvaros
Rijeka
1
2
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 3
Game Details
Siroki Brijeg
Mlada Boleslav
0
4
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 6
Game Details
Diosgyor VTK
PFC Litex Lovech
1
2
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 3 - 2
Game Details
Crusaders
Brommapojkarna
1
1
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 5
Game Details
St Johnstone
FC Luzern
(5) 1
(4) 1
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 2 - 2
Game Details
St. Pölten
Botev Plovdiv
2
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 3 - 2
Game Details
FH Hafnarfjordur
Neman Grodno
2
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 3 - 1
Game Details
Stjarnan
Motherwell
3
2
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 5 - 4
Game Details
Real Salt Lake
Montreal Impact
3
1
FT
Game Details
Vélez Sarsfield
Estudiantes de Caseros
0
2
FT
Game Details
Sport
Paysandu SC
3
2
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 4 - 4
Game Details
AC Milan
Olympiakos
0
3
FT
Game Details
Next
 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep 16, 2009

Burley insists: I never feared Scotland axe

George Burley insists he never feared being sacked as Scotland boss, despite suggesting his players had saved his skin in the final two World Cup qualifiers.

Burley's future was thrown into doubt after he failed to lead the country into the play-offs for next summer's finals in South Africa.

The 53-year-old initially looked like a dead man walking after the defeat to Holland seven days ago, but he this week managed to convince his Scottish Football Association employers to give him a second chance.

Burley admitted it had been "quite an emotional, stressful few weeks'', but asked if he had ever feared losing his job, he replied: "Fear's not a word I've even thought about. I was proud of the team coming off the field against Holland, even though we didn't get into the play-offs.

"That was important to me; coming off the pitch with pride in front of a capacity crowd at Hampden was very important, and thankfully the boys did it and they showed their passion for the country. Now we've got to keep doing it in every game we play.''

The decision to keep faith with Burley, despite his record of only three wins from 12 matches, has divided the nation. the former Ipswich and Hearts boss accepts there will be those incredulous that he has avoided the axe but only because they had no faith in him in the first place.

"Of course there'll be some people who will say maybe, 'You don't deserve to be in the job','' said Burley. "But they said that before I took over as national coach so I don't think much has changed.''

Burley insisted he now had the "full support'' of the SFA, despite ambiguous comments from their president, George Peat, in recent weeks.

"There's been a lot of speculation and it was important that things were cleared up as quickly as possible,'' said Burley, who revealed his meeting with the SFA on Monday had lasted no more than half an hour. I has a meeting with the SFA on the Monday, expressed my views on the campaign and what way we were going to go forward: things that were working, maybe things that weren't. So I think that was good.

"Thankfully, they've given me full support to carry on, so now's the time to look ahead, look to the future, try to build on the performances we had in the last two games at Hampden. I think we've got a good squad, a squad that has got stronger as the campaign has gone on, and hopefully we can keep developing it.''

Peat had said he would regard finishing third in Group Nine as a failure.

Burley said: "We did fail to qualify, so I can't argue against that. But there have been a lot better managers than myself for Scotland who haven't qualified as well, because it's very difficult. As a team, if you're getting weaker, then you're starting to worry. But we were definitely getting stronger - there was more unity in the camp.''

He added: "The last year and a half has sort of been up and down. It was important for me to try to get used to the players, the players used to myself, and build on it. That takes time and I think there was a lot of evidence in the last two games to say that we are moving in the right direction. It's never easy qualifying for major championships; we've got to do better for the next one.''

Burley has admitted to making mistakes during his reign but he is adamant he is a better manager now than he was when he took the job.

"I don't think there's anybody - whether it's a manager, a coach or a player - who doesn't make mistakes,'' said Burley, speaking at Castlehead High School, Paisley, one of the Scottish FA's Schools of Football. But that doesn't stop you making the decisions which you think are right for the team or the country.

"As a club manager, I always wanted to learn; this is a new type of scenario, me being a national coach. When you look at it as a whole, we have improved, we've got a stronger unit of players, I feel I'm a stronger national manager than I was a year and a half ago.''

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.