Alan Hansen gives his view on the pending appointment of Berti Vogts as
In Berti Vogts, Scotland have clearly chosen a manager with a wealth of
experience, but that counts for little when you don't have the players
to perform for you. It has been a long time since Scotland has had any
world-class players and in that situation, you don't need experience,
you need a magic wand.
I think Craig Brown did a fabulous job for Scotland with extremely
limited resources and the fact that he took the team to the World Cup
and a European Championship is an absolute miracle.
Vogts has a great background in management and obviously he has led the
German national side but I really think he will struggle with what is at
his disposal. I don't think the fact he is a foreign coach makes any
difference at all. The fans will only worry if the results don't come.
However, Vogts will need time to settle in to the job because he is
coming into the job from a different country. Like Sven-Goran Eriksson
when he first took on the England job, Vogts will not be familiar with
Scottish club football and he will need to find out for himself and go
to as many games as possible.
His first task will be to assess the players he has got and start
looking at players he could bring in.
I wish him the very best of luck but I won't be expecting him to lead
Scotland to win Euro 2004.