Peat - No decision on Burley
SFA chief also curses Iwelumo miss against Norway
Last Updated: September 3, 2009 6:03pm
Burley: Under pressure
Scottish Football Association president George Peat insists no decision on George Burley's future as coach will be made until the conclusion of the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.
Burley has endured a difficult tenure as Scotland coach, with the national team's hopes of reaching next summer's finals in South Africa hanging in the balance.
Scotland must beat Macedonia and Holland in their final two qualifiers to guarantee second spot in Group Nine and a place in the play-offs.
Reports have suggested that Burley will be sacked if he fails to fulfil this aim, but Peat says the SFA will not rush into a decision over the former Ipswich manager's future.
"I don't want to make any comment at all about that," said Peat.
"When George Burley took over we agreed that, after the World Cup situation was finished, we would sit down and have a discussion and we will do that.
"What we wanted was to qualify for the World Cup, that was the first target.
"George might not be happy when we sit down so we review it from both sides to see whether he is happy with the set-up and whether we are happy with the set-up and that's what we will do."
Meanwhile, Peat believes that Chris Iwelumo's glaring miss in the 0-0 home draw with Norway in October last year was a key factor in Scotland now being under such pressure to qualify.
He added: "Everybody is going berserk about the performance in Norway (Scotland last 4-0 in Oslo last month) and everybody knows the performance in Norway wasn't good.
"But what they tend to forget is that had a certain individual not missed an open goal at Hampden in the first match against Norway, we would have been three points ahead regardless and the same pressure wouldn't have been on us.
"Everybody is dwelling on the last match and we all know we didn't play well.
"But had we scored a goal in the home match and ended up with a victory, we would have been three points ahead of Norway today."