Collapse is tough to take - Burley

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George Burley repeatedly dodged questions about his future before eventually admitting it will not be his decision whether he will still be in charge of Scotland for their next game.

Burley held onto his job despite Scotland's failure to secure a play-off spot for next summer's World Cup finals, but finds himself under pressure again following a 3-0 defeat to Wales in Cardiff.

When pressed about his future, Burley added: "As a manager, you are disappointed by a defeat. I've got a squad of players that I'm utilising, I've got a squad of players out there and we didn't perform."

Goals from David Edwards, Simon Church and Aaron Ramsey in the opening 35 minutes sparked a furious response from the travelling fans, who spent most of the second half hurling verbal abuse at Burley and demanding his dismissal.

Asked about his position, he added: "Like anything, you look at it and assess the game.

"I said to the boys that the spirit had been good, we were lively in training and we had competition for places. We started well but we just switched off and, in that spell, we conceded three goals. It's not an easy one to take.

"It's one of those areas where you've got to look at it and move on. The first half wasn't good enough, it was shocking the way we conceded the goals, so that's something that's got to be better."

Burley was then quizzed on whether he still expects to be in charge of Scotland when they host the Czech Republic in March, and replied: "Well, that's up to other people, isn't it?

"I'm just thinking about this game, it wasn't good enough, we've got to do better and we were beaten too easily.

"As far as positives for this game, I couldn't pick one out, whereas in the other games we had been going in the right direction. We've got to assess it again."

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