Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 26 November 2015

Laszlo confirms interest in Scotland job

Published 20/11/2009

Csaba Laszlo has insisted he is no Berti Vogts and claimed outwitting the former Scotland boss was all too easy.

Hearts manager Laszlo has revealed he would be prepared to talk to the Scottish Football Association about becoming only the second foreigner to take charge of the national team.

The 45-year-old Romanian-born coach is one of a host of names who have been linked with the vacancy since George Burley's sacking on Monday.

The SFA had their fingers burnt when they appointed former Germany boss Vogts back in 2002 and public opinion is divided over whether a foreigner should ever manage Scotland again.

Laszlo was part of the Hungary backroom team when they delivered the one of a series of humiliating defeats on Vogts.

The Hearts boss, who insisted he would only speak to the SFA with his club's permission, said: “Berti Vogts didn't have good results. I played against Berti Vogts three times and I always won!

“We played against Scotland and we won here 3-0 Afterwards, in Edinburgh, I met somebody and I said, 'We beat Scotland.'

“He told me this was easy.”

Laszlo, who was manager of Uganda before joining Hearts in the summer of last year, urged the SFA not to let one bad experience with a foreigner cloud their judgment when drawing up a list of candidates to succeed Burley.

“You must not be scared to take a manager from abroad,” he said.

“England has now a very successful manager, who is Italian; in Ireland a successful manager, who was unlucky on Wednesday.

“With me you have a guy who stays in this country and is from abroad, who is never negative.

“Maybe people are maybe a little bit afraid to take something which is from the outside.

“A good manager is a good manager indifferent of which language he speaks.”

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