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

qualifying campaign.

The Scots sit bottom of the group with just two points from four

games.

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

results.

“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

pressure.

He said: “I think being the Scotland manager is always a

high-pressure job.

“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

too.

“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

results.”