Craig Levein has 'no regrets' over tenure as Scotland manager

 

Former Scotland boss Craig Levein has "no regrets" but still feels sore over his departure 10 weeks ago.

Levein was sacked with Scotland bottom of 2014 World Cup qualifying Group A and little hope of appearing in Brazil.

He told BBC Scotland's Sportscene that he has also spoken to his successor Gordon Strachan to wish him luck.

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Of course it's sore: I loved the job and wanted to continue doing the job

Craig Levein

"I'll be the biggest Scotland supporter and will be watching the games," said Levein. "I've no regrets, I just wish we could've got some better results."

Levein said he had fond memories of working with the Scotland staff and enjoyed working with the players.

"It's about 10 weeks since I left and it's quite surreal," he told Sportscene. "You're in the job and you leave, normally what happens in football is somebody takes your job almost immediately.

"There's been this kind of period where the SFA have been waiting as there's no need to put somebody in immediately. Then it hits home when Gordon gets the job last week.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my time as Scotland manager and it was great working with the players and the supporters were excellent as well."

Strachan was installed as Levein's successor last week and said the side would "give it a go" in terms of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

Levein revealed he has spoken to his successor about managing the national side, adding: "He's a great guy and I've got a lot of time for Gordon.

"I sent him a text and he called me today (Sunday); we had a brief chat and I wished him the very best of luck.

"I'll be the biggest Scotland supporter and will be watching the games. I worked very closely with the staff there and have a huge amount of respect for them all.

"Fingers crossed they'll do very well."

Levein said it is "never nice" to lose your job and stressed he feels he made a lot of progress while in the role.

"Some well-documented things didn't go our way, some results in particular, but that's football. Of course it's sore: I loved the job and wanted to continue doing the job.

"Unfortunately, it wasn't to be the case."