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Germany supporters still down in the dumps should consider what it is like to be a Scotland fan. As if failing to reach a second consecutive major tournament was not bad enough for the Tartan Army, they now know there is little money or exciting talent around to attract a high-profile successor to Craig Brown.

Although Brown was still in charge last night, Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat in Belgium means he is almost certainly living on borrowed time. Only a miraculous combination of results 0 celine a scene 75 cleveland can earn Scotland a play-off – “I confirm we have failed,” the coach 0 celine 173823ska 18cc to ounces said yesterday – and a trip to the newsagent must have suggested that patience has run out.

Brown was spared the sight of a sprout on his head after the capitulation in Brussels but the message was clear. The man behind the counter warned him what to expect as he handed over the morning newspapers. “You are getting a bit of stick,” he said. “Have you got a steel helmet?”

Resilient and apparently still in love with the job $2300 giorgio armani leather jacket coat celine beige size 44 after eight years, Brown does not intend to stand down before his contract expires at the end of December. “I will honour that unless the [Scottish Football Association] executive committee say otherwise,” he said. “I am anxious to $4350 authenic new celine medium box bag in camel brown leather gold hardware discuss the situation with my employers. It will be a discussion in private.”

A meeting was already scheduled for next month but now seems certain in the next few days. Brown may be told he will not be reappointed but will remain in charge for $1800 celine brown trench 3 the final qualifier, at home to Latvia on October 6. $50 cheap celine slippers for women He would at least then be afforded an official, dignified end to his 0 celine 173823ska 18cc may craft spell, during which he qualified for Euro 96 and France 98.

Inevitably speculation has started about who will take over. Alex McLeish, the Hibernian manager who played 77 times for Scotland, has been mentioned. Last season he led Hibs to third place in the Premier League and the cup final.

Gordon Strachan, another former Scotland international, would be popular with some. His bubbly personality would be useful in galvanising the public, though his club Coventry’s relegation last season stained his reputation.

Of other Scottish managers, George Burley is highly unlikely to leave Ipswich and Sir Alex Ferguson is as worth asking as Rab C Nesbitt. Possible foreign contenders include the Dutchman Wim Jansen, who led Celtic to the title in 1998.

In making an appointment the SFA will be handicapped by two factors. First, the salary falls well below the money leading club managers earn, a state of affairs perhaps worsened by the loss of potential revenue from Euro 2000 and the 2002 World Cup. Second, Scotland is not exactly bristling with talent.

Two of the country’s best players, Duncan Ferguson and Gary McAllister, refuse to play for the national side, and their goalscoring and creative talents were sorely missed against Croatia and Belgium. Paul Lambert will also now concentrate on club football, and of the starting XI $850 celine c in Brussels only Gary Naysmith was under 27.

In Barry Ferguson, Barry Nicholson, Kenny Miller and Mark Burchill there is promise, but they are not Steven Gerrards or Michael Owens. The loss of World Cup revenue, Brown said, might also affect the money for youth development.

Brown will give emerging players a chance against Latvia if he is still in charge our web page, which $2700 new 2017 authentic celine nano debossed luggage gray calfskin aqua trim sums up his acceptance that Scotland cannot reach second place. To do that they have to make up seven goals on Croatia with the help of a Belgian win in Zagreb. Now a friendly may be played in Egypt during November’s play-off dates.

“I accept responsibility for failure to qualify,” Brown said. “It’s not for me to say whether someone else would have qualified. I don’t believe I have total responsibility. I think the structure [of club football] here and the fact that clubs are allowed nine or 10 foreigners doesn’t help.”

If Brown leaves he may stay on as director of football development at the SFA, a post he occupies in tandem with his role as national coach. He hinted, though, at seeking a return to club management.

“I feel comfortable and happy managing a football team,” he said. “I think for the most part the response from the players is very good.” It has probably not been good enough, though, this time.

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