Former SFA chief calls for Levein to resign

Gordan Smith, former chief exectuve of the Scottish Football Association, has backed calls for the Scotland manager to step down but does not believe that he will be sacked
Former Scottish Football Association chief executive Gordon Smith believes that Scotland manager Craig Levein should resign from his post.

His side are bottom of World Cup qualifying Group A and have yet to win a match, losing on their away trips to Wales on Friday and Belgium on Tuesday.

Though Levein has received backing from members of his squad, Smith has joined those calling for the Scotland boss to step down.

"I think the best thing would be for him to resign and take that pressure away from the SFA," Smith told the BBC.

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"The team hasn't really improved despite the fact he put himself under pressure by saying this is the best group of players Scotland have had for years.

"If you say that and you don't qualify, you become the common denominator of it all."

Though adamant that Levein needs to leave his position, Smith suspects the SFA will stand by him due to the good work he has done with the Scottish youth set-up.

"I would personally be very surprised if they did move him on because he's been very much involved with the SFA, more so than just managing the national team," he continued.

"Now, in my opinion, his remit was to manage the national team and to take the national team to a major championships - and he hasn't done it.

"Regardless of what other work he's doing, he's not the performance director, that's Mark Wotte."