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The Scottish Football Association has confirmed George Burley will remain as Scotland manager.

Burley’s position as Scotland coach had been under review following their failure to qualify for next summer’s World Cup finals.

But SFA chief executive Gordon Smith said: “We felt that there were positive signs about aspects of the campaign, despite the fact we did not qualify.

“And we want to invest our faith going forward in the manager and the players. George has the SFA’s full backing.

“It was always our intention to sit down with George at the end of the World Cup campaign to look back at the events of the past 12 months – and also to look ahead to the upcoming Euro qualifying campaign.

“This meeting would have taken place regardless of the result of the World Cup campaign.

“We met with George yesterday and it was clear that he was as disappointed as everyone that we have not made it to South Africa.

“You will not meet a more passionate, committed Scot than George.

“He is a man who cares deeply for his country and wants to take us back to the stage where we regularly qualify for major championships.

“This is where we all feel we belong – and this is what we must all work together to achieve.”

“We all acknowledge that there have been disappointments over the past year and that we have not met our objective to qualify for the World Cup.

“However, what is also clear is that George and his players have shown that they are moving in the right direction.

“George has been rebuilding his squad and brought through many young players who he feels will bring us success in the years to come.

“That is why we have today given our full backing to George as Scotland national coach.

“The next competitive match is not for another 12 months and this gives George and his players the chance to continue to grow and develop together.

“This is not the time for change. If the World Cup campaign has shown us anything, it is that we are at our best when we work together.

“It is by standing united behind the manager and the team that we can achieve the success that we all crave.”

Scotland endured a difficult qualifying campaign on and off the pitch with Burley’s side finishing third in Group Nine behind Holland and Norway.

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