Levein backed by Hartley
Former international Paul Hartley has backed Scotland manager
Craig Levein as his position comes under the spotlight again.
Scottish Football Association bosses will discuss Levein’s
future this week following a disappointing start to the World Cup
The Scots sit bottom of the group with just two points from four
But Hartley, who won 25 caps and played under Levein at Hearts,
believes the national team boss should be given more time.
He said: “I think we’ve got the right man in Craig.
“We can’t chop and change managers every couple of years, we’ve
got to give them more time to hopefully get the positive
“He’ll see it as a building job here. We know we’re not in a
good position, you know that as a manager.”
Hartley – manager of Irn-Bru Second Division side Alloa –
believes Levein has the mentality needed to cope with the
He said: “I think being the Scotland manager is always a
“When you don’t win games then, with the media attention, you
come under a lot of pressure and I think Craig knows that.
“But he’s strong enough, he’s got a strong mentality.”
Hartley feels the players should shoulder some of the
responsibility for poor results.
He told the BBC: “We’ve got a good group of players and we’ve
not got the right results, so I think there’s got to be blame there
“When you don’t win games people start asking questions.
“Players have to take some responsibility, it can’t always be
the manager’s fault.
“I think as a team you have take responsibility for the