Czech games defined Craig Levein’s reign, says Husband

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TARTAN Army spokesman Hamish Husband insists the SFA made the right decision in dismissing Craig Levein as Scotland manager.

Levein’s tenure came to an end yesterday after Hampden officials finally decided to take action following the hugely disappointing start to the World Cup qualifying campaign.

Scotland are currently bottom of Group A after four games following recent back-to-back losses to Wales and Belgium. Husband also insists the former Dundee United manager failed to recover from the stinging criticism from deploying a 4-6-0 formation in the infamous defeat to the Czech Republic during the Euro 2012 qualifiers in October 2010.

Husband said: “The right decision has been made although I have two bits of sadness. One is that a man that tried his best has lost his job. He tried his best but it has not been good enough. The real sadness is that he has not left us with one lingering magical moment. Usually you get one or two of these magical moments.

“Two of the defining moments of Craig Levein’s tenure were the 4-6-0 formation away in Prague and then the last minute penalty that got the Czechs a draw at Hampden (in October 2011) which meant we did not go to the play-offs.

“I don’t think Craig ever quite recovered from the Prague game. It was very dispiriting and his performances were very dispiriting. It got to the point that people were going to games not expecting much.”

Some Scotland fans have already called for out-of-work former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan to replace Levein after supporters unfurled a banner that read: ‘Strachan SOS’, during last month’s 2-0 defeat in Belgium.

However Husband said: “Whoever takes the job, we’re out of the World Cup and the next qualifying game is not until March so it gives them time.”