Friday 19 January 2018

SFA regret as Levein launches legal bid

THE Scottish Football Association has expressed regret after former Scotland manager Craig Levein opened legal proceedings against the governing body.

Levein has served a writ on the SFA after being "relieved of his duties" last month following a poor start to the World Cup qualifying campaign.

The former Hearts and Dundee United boss has opted to take action despite the SFA saying they made an offer to honour the remainder of his contract in full.

A statement from the SFA, released last night, read: "Regrettably, the Scottish FA has received notification from lawyers representing Craig Levein that their client has served a writ on the association.

"This notification has been received despite the Scottish FA's offer to honour Craig's contract in full. The Scottish FA has since received notification that Craig has chosen to resign, thereby foregoing the offer made.

"In the notification received, failure to make a proposal in lieu of compensation has been cited.

"It is the view of the Scottish FA that no such offer is required given Craig's decision to resign."

Levein had found himself under pressure after the Scots failed to record a win from their opening four games of the current campaign, including draws at home to Serbia and Macedonia, followed by defeats away to Wales and Belgium, left Scotland bottom of their group.

Those results ultimately sealed Levein's fate and his near-three-year tenure came to an end last month.

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