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Ex-Scotland assistant Hegarty: Players are to blame as well

Former Scotland assistant coach Paul Hegarty insists the players can take some of the blame for the demise of George Burley.

Burley was ousted from his role as national team manager earlier this week for a string of recent poor performances, culminating in a 3-0 loss to Wales on the weekend, but Hegarty, who in turn lost his job, says it is too harsh to heap the blame on just one man.

"If the players can remember what it felt like at quarter to five in Wales, they should make sure it doesn't happen again - not just for themselves, but for Scotland as a nation," said Hegarty.

"Managers are judged on results and managers normally fall by the wayside because of that.

"I'm sure the players will be hurting. They know they didn't play well against Wales. There was silence after the game, they were upset, we were upset.

"We had a few thousand Scotland fans there who had paid good money and I know if I was a supporter I would have been looking for a better performance.

"The players know they didn't do well."

Andrew Slevison
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