Fletcher wants 'dogged' return
Darren Fletcher wants the Scotland managerial regime of Craig Levein to oversee a return to the old days.
Last Updated: 30/12/09 2:07pm
Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher wants the new Scotland managerial regime of Craig Levein to oversee a return to the 'dogged' days of old.
The former Dundee United boss has been appointed as successor to Craig Burley, whose woeful tenure came to an end when a humiliating friendly defeat to Wales followed an unsuccessful qualifying campaign for the 2010 World Cup.
Levein's remit is to qualify for the 2012 European Championship and Fletcher, arguably the star player in Scotland's ranks and a captain in Burley's eyes, is expected to play a key part in his new manager's plans.
The United man is excited by the prospect of working with Levein and knows Scotland must morph back into the stubborn side which frightened France and Italy in Euro 2008 qualifying under Walter Smith and Alex McLeish.
"It is important for Scotland that we went back to what we were a few years ago," said Fletcher. "We were on the brink of something good.
"We were a dogged, hard-to-beat side who teams didn't like to come up against. We need to get back to that under the new manager.
"I have never worked with Craig Levein before but I have heard a lot of good things about him and I am looking forward to it."
He added: "We are desperate to get to a major championship. As a country we need it and as supporters, our fans deserve it. That is where all the focus will be."