Caldwell backing for Burley
Gary Caldwell believes George Burley has proved he is the right man for the Scotland job.
Last Updated: 11/09/08 9:06pm
Gary Caldwell believes George Burley has proved he is the right man for the Scotland job following the win over Iceland.
Burley replaced Alex McLeish as national team coach at the start of the year, but had failed to win a game prior to Wednesday's 2010 World Cup qualifier in Reykjavik.
The campaign had started with a narrow defeat in Macedonia last Saturday, prompting doubts to be raised about Burley's suitability for the role.
But, after goals from Kris Broadfoot and Barry Robson saw off Iceland, Caldwell feels Burley has answered his critics.
"We knew we were good enough and we still believe we can qualify," said Caldwell.
"Three points out of two games with a home game coming up, that's a pretty good start.
"I've said before that these guys who put people under the spotlight don't know what it's about.
"They don't know what it takes to be Scotland manager, but he does and he has proved he is the man for the job.
"We all believe we can qualify as a group, with the staff and the players. There is a long way to go and we can still do it."
Burley could have bowed to the negativity and played it safe with a cautious approach to the game in Iceland, but opted for a bold 4-3-3 formation instead, with the gamble paying off.
Caldwell added: "He knows how to play the game, how to attack and play an attractive style of football.
"We are taking that on board game by game and we are getting better at it.
"With a home game coming up, I'm sure we can use that formation and really attack teams and cause them problems.
"I thought in the first half in particular we played really well with the wide men. We were fantastic and caused them a lot of problems."