Vogts tells Scots to look abroad

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Berti Vogts believes the Scottish Football Association should consider a foreigner to succeed George Burley as Scotland boss, even though his own appointment proved disastrous.

Former Germany manager Vogts is the only non-Scot to have been in charge of the national team, with his poor record appearing to put the SFA off looking oversees ever since. Now in charge of Azerbaijan, Vogts insists the SFA could do worse than look overseas again, though he claims the nation's problems run much deeper than the identity of the Scotland boss.

"Perhaps a foreign manager, with different ideas, could be the answer," said Vogts, who held the post between 2002 and 2004.

"The Republic of Ireland, for example, have benefited from the experience and the qualities of Giovanni Trapattoni.

"But the truth is, Scottish players aren't good enough any more. The young players have been neglected by the football authorities and by the big clubs, like Celtic and Rangers, who haven't done enough.

"Being a small country is no excuse. Look at Holland, or Switzerland. The Swiss just won the Under-17 World Cup. They care about their future and they invest in it. Youth is the only way ahead for Scotland."

Reacting to Burley's sacking, which came after the former Ipswich and Hearts manager recorded only three wins from 14 matches, Vogts said: "Burley is a decent manager. But the problem is he has been afraid to put his faith in the young players.

"There's a lot of pressure being the Scotland manager because people still think you should be playing at the World Cup.

"The media and the public must realise you have to earn the right to play at the biggest tournaments. It's not easy and history doesn't count for anything."

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