Scotland: Kenny Logan & Andy Nicol hope Andy Robinson stays

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson

Former Scotland players Kenny Logan and Andy Nicol believe Andy Robinson should remain in charge despite Scotland's dismal Six Nations campaign.

Italy brushed the Scots aside in Rome on Saturday, meaning Robinson's winless team had a Wooden Spoon to add to their luggage for the flight home.

"I think he is the man to get us back on the road again," said Logan.

And Nicol told BBC BBC Scotland: "I hope he is there to see some of the good work come to fruition."

Robinson said in the immediate aftermath of the 13-6 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico that he felt he could take Scotland further.

But to have finished the campaign without a point, creating an unenviable record of seven consecutive defeats when the World Cup losses to Argentina and England are added, will have stung the head coach.

He will reflect on the Six Nations campaign with Scottish Rugby's chief executive Mark Dodson and Ian McLauchlan, the president, before making any announcement on his future.

"If you speak to the players there is not a bad word said about him," argued Logan, a Scotland player for more than a decade.

"In previous regimes, it was maybe the opposite.

"I don't think we should be sacking the coach. He deserves to be there longer but he is under more pressure now."

For Logan, the depressing aspect for Scotland fans is that the two most recent matches, against Ireland and Italy, suggested the team, far from making progress, was going backwards.

"I thought we were just one win away from being a good team again," he said.

"The England game was pretty positive, then there was Wales and France.

"It went downhill pretty rapidly after that.

"Ireland is the one where we drifted back to where we were a couple of years ago.

"The pleasing thing at the start of the tournament was within the last five minutes of a game we were a try away from winning.

"At the end of the Six Nations we are back to where we were, two or three tries away from winning games.

"I thought we had sorted that."

With Edinburgh performing well in the Heineken Cup and Sean Lineen having led Glasgow to a chance of the RaboDirect Pro12 play-offs, there was an air of optimism surrounding Scotland on the eve of this year's Six Nations.

"It started well, it promised a lot and it delivered very little," said former Scotland captain Nicol of the Six Nations whitewash.

"In the Italy game, where Scotland had to throw everything at it, they never fired a shot.

"There wasn't the same ambition as there had been in the games against Wales and France.

"It was hugely disappointing. Seven defeats is a bad run for any professional coach in any sport to go through, but I still think Andy Robinson is the right coach for Scotland."

Nicol, now a rugby TV pundit, pointed to the emergence of full-back Stuart Hogg, plus Dave Denton and Ross Rennie as promising signs for the future.

Of Hogg, he said: "The game has not gone for him in the last two games and without him Scotland had no creative flair.

"You can't let a 19-year-old be the one source of inspiration in the team.

"I have no issue with the conveyor belt of talent coming through but I think a radical change is required now."

Indeed, changes will have been made before the autumn Tests against New Zealand, South Africa and Tonga.

Robinson has replaced defence coach Graham Steadman with Matt Taylor, and Australian Scott Johnson will come in as his assistant head coach, with Gregor Townsend moving to Glasgow Warriors.