World Cup: James McArthur believes Craig Levein should remain Scotland boss

Last Updated: 17/10/12 5:49pm

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James McArthur: Enjoys working under Craig Levein with the Scotland national side

James McArthur: Enjoys working under Craig Levein with the Scotland national side

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James McArthur believes Craig Levein remains the right man to guide Scotland forward despite suffering another setback.

Scotland slumped to the foot of their 2014 World Cup qualifying group on Tuesday after going down 2-0 against an improving Belgium side.

Defeat on the road has all but guaranteed that Scotland's wait to grace a first major finals since 1998 will continue, and Levein has borne the brunt of the criticism.

McArthur, though, feels it is the players, rather than the coaches, who should be accepting responsibility for the dip in performances and results.

The Wigan midfielder said: "I would love him (Levein) to stay. I think he's a brilliant manager.

"He has done everything right by the players. The players think he's very good and we are just unfortunate that we've not got the results.

"It's down to us players, we should be getting results. The gaffer is putting us out there and we're not doing it - that's all I can really say about that.

"I feel he has set us up right in both games (against Wales and Belgium) and we've not done it on the park. It's down to us, totally."

On Scotland's fading hopes of reaching Brazil 2014, McArthur added: "We will keep trying.

"We will keep trying to win matches and if we can get a few wins, it might bring us back into it."

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