Date: 10th September 2009 at 4:54pm
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Owen Coyle has been quick to dismiss media speculation linking him to the Scotland manager’s job calling it poor taste.

George Burley tasted bitter defeat last night as Scotland failed to qualify for the World Cup 2010. They lost 1-0 to Holland at Hampden Park last night in a Group Nine World Cup qualifier.

The Scots put in a spirited performance last night but fell to a late goal in the 82nd minute by Elia. No Clarets player was involved in the action with both Graham Alexander and Steven Fletcher sitting out the match on the bench.

The result though meant Scotland finished third in Group 9, with just 10 points from eight games and therefore failed to qualify for the World Cup 2010 in South Africa. Holland with a 100% record finished top with Norway pipping Scotland in second on goal difference.

The last time Scotland qualified for a major competition was in 1998 and there is now believed to be considerable pressure on manager, George Burley to keep his job.

Burley clearly wants to stay as Scotland manager but the Scottish FA have yet to discuss the situation with him and decide on their intentions.

Despite this the media have been quick to fuel speculation on who might be a suitable replacement for Burley and one name that has been mentioned is our own, Owen Coyle.

Coyle though has also been just as quick to support George Burley and brand the speculation linking him to the job as poor taste.

‘I really felt for George,’ Coyle told BBC Radio Lancashire.

‘There’s been a couple of good goal-scoring opportunities missed during the campaign and if they’d gone in things could’ve been different.’

In terms of the Scotland job he said:

‘It’s something I never, ever envisaged and the other thing is, Scotland have a manager.People were linking me with jobs last year, and I think it’s always in poor taste when people mention other peoples’ names when there’s someone already in jobs’

No doubt this one will run and run, rather like the Celtic speculation in early pre-season but ces’t la vie!

In the other internationals the only Clarets player that featured was Martin Paterson and he too had a fairly bad night with Northern Ireland going down 2-0 in a Group 3 World Cup Qualifying match against leaders Slovakia at Windsor Park. Paterson`s recent knack of missing sitters for the Clarets appears to have followed him onto the International stage. Pato missed a chance from six yards in the first half and then missed another glorious opportunity just before Slovakia got their second and decisive goal. Northern Ireland’s hopes now of making the World Cup finals are almost certainly over after this defeat left them third in their qualifying group. They now have to beat the Czech Republic in Prague next month and then pray that Slovenia can`t defeat little San Marino four days later.

Andre Bikey was another Clarets player who had to be content with bench warming last night. He could only sit and watch his country Cameroon as they defeated Gabon 2-1 in their African World Cup Qualifier to now lead the Group A table looking strong candidates to qualify. Bikey could now be going to South Africa after all next year giving Clarets fans some extra interest in the competition.