Levein awaits decision on future

  • Last Updated: November 5 2012, 19:41 GMT

Craig Levein is likely to discover today if he is to be removed from his post as Scotland manager.

Craig Levein: Waiting to learn his fate

The seven-man Scottish Football Association board have come in for widespread criticism for deliberating this weekend over whether the former Hearts and Dundee United boss, whose contract runs until summer 2014, should keep his job after a poor start to the World Cup qualifying campaign.

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

Levein's assistant, Peter Houston, is unimpressed with the way the SFA have handled the situation.

After watching his Dundee United side fight back from two goals down to grab a 2-2 draw with Celtic at Tannadice on Sunday, Houston was asked if the scenario was unfair on Levein.

"I think so," he said. "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 he will also step down if Levein is removed from his post.

He said: "I am not contracted. I joined Craig as his assistant when he asked me. 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.

Levein, who took over in December 2009, had already been under pressure after Scotland drew their opening Hampden qualifiers against Serbia and Macedonia, and a double defeat by Wales and Belgium leaves him uncertain of his future.

The former Scotland defender has only won three of his 12 competitive matches in charge.


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