'Too thick' Scotland players got my uncle George sacked, rages old Bhoy Craig Burley

Some of Scotland's players were 'too thick' to understand George Burley's coaching methods, according to the sacked manager's nephew, Craig.

Ex-Celtic and Chelsea midfielder Craig, who earned 46 caps for his country between 1995 and 2003, also claimed some of the squad were not good enough but was not surprised his uncle was given the chop last night.

Craig Burley
George Burley

Family ties: Craig Burley (left) has defended his sacked uncle George

He said: 'I'm not shocked at all. Wales was a disastrous result. It's not as if we were playing England or Brazil or France, it was Wales and it was unacceptable from the manager's and players' point of view.

'I don't think what he wanted to do got across to some players and also I think some of them are too thick to take it on board and not good enough to take it on board anyway to be perfectly honest with you.

Barry Ferguson
Allan McGregor

Less than clever? Barry Ferguson (left) and Allan McGregor's V-sign protest

'But he can look at most of the players in the eye and ask if they did a good job for him and I don't think there are many, if any, who can say, "Yes, I did".

'So he hasn't been able to get the players to perform for him, he hasn't been able to get them to understand what he wants the right formation and right results and, at the end of the day, that's all that matters.'

McFadden, Fletcher and Miller

They don't understand: Scotland's James McFadden, Darren Fletcher and Kenny Miller are dumbfounded by Wales' third goal

A total of 52 players featured for Scotland while Burley was manager with skipper Barry Ferguson and keeper Allan McGregor banned from ever playing for their country again after a V-sign protest against the boss when they were axed for the World Cup qualifier against Iceland following a drinking session after the defeat to Holland.


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