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Craig Levein Under Pressure, But Who Is The Worst Scotland Manager?

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Scotland's recent international loss may have been an unfortunate one against Wales in Cardiff, what with the outrageous decision to disallow Steven Fletcher's header and Gareth Bale tripping himself over to win a penalty. But irrespective of the result, it seemed like a stay of execution for the latest maligned manager, Craig Levein.

To ridicule Levein's ineptitude and his careworn body language (just look at the lead image) is dangerous, though. This is a man who settled one on-pitch square-up with team-mate Graeme Hogg by breaking his nose with a clean punch.

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But his record as national team boss is a woeful one. He has taken charge of 23 games and only three of the moderately respectable 10 wins have been competitive victories.

The return of Fletcher and namesake Darren to the squad for the Wales match and tonight's match in Belgium were supposed to buoy and bolster the Scots. Instead the World Cup qualification campaign has already been regarded as a write-off by what seems to be the majority of the Tartan Army.

Scotland have had some unfortunate managerial appointments, but who takes the shortbread biscuit?

ALLY MACLEOD
MacLeod was Scotland boss from between 1977 and 1978 and guided them to a World Cup. But his infamous declaration the Scots would win the tournament warrants his inclusion.

"My name is Ally MacLeod and I am a winner," he told the Scottish Football Association. Ahead of flying to Argentina from Prestwick Airport, a journalist asked MacLeod: "What do you plan to do after the World Cup?" "Retain it," he replied. 'Ally's Tartan Army', recorded by Scottish comedian Andy Cameron, reached the heady heights of number six in the UK charts.

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The music went further than the team, as Scotland lost 3-1 to Peru and only drew 1-1 with Iran. When a mongrel approached him after the Peru defeat at a press conference, MacLeod quipped "I think he is the only friend I have got left".

Ironically Scotland actually defeated Holland, with Archie Gemmill earning a cult reference in Trainspotting in the process, but they were still eliminated on goal difference.

BERTI VOGTS
Vogts, lest we forget, won the European Championship and World Cup as a player with West Germany and then won Euro 96 as Germany manager. His legacy as Scotland coach is a risible one though. Trouble was afoot when he picked out Scott Dobie after a 4-1 loss to South Korea in 2002...

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Craig Brown may have taken charge of a 0-0 draw with the Faroe Islands in 1999, but Vogts' Scotland actually went 2-0 down to the Faroes. They would still draw 2-2, but the humiliation is perhaps unparalleled with other Scottish disasters.

It was an achievement that Vogts' Scotland earned a play-off place in attempting to qualify for Euro 2004. And again they beat Holland thanks to a James McFadden goal in the first leg on a memorable November afternoon at Hampden Park. Only they lost the second leg 6-0 as Ruud van Nistelrooy bagged a hat-trick.

GEORGE BURLEY
Burley had an unenviable task following Walter Smith and Alex McLeish, who were both in charge of separate and sensational Scottish wins against France as the Tartan Army unluckily lost out on a play-off place for Euro 2008. But the SFA appeared to hold Burley's early century achievements with Ipswich Town in too high a regard, forgetting a lot of time had since elapsed.

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Scotland won just three out of 14 games under the guidance of George, with his tenure summed up perhaps with Chris Iwelumo missing an open goal against Norway. Burley was also sacked after two games in charge of Cypriot side Apollon Limassol earlier this year.

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