Regan: Match is opportunity for Stark

13 November 2012 06:17

Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan believes tomorrow's friendly in Luxembourg is an ideal chance for caretaker manager Billy Stark to prove his credentials.

Scotland Under-21 manager Stark will lead the full team nine days after Craig Levein was removed from his position and with the SFA board yet to meet to discuss the process and timescale of choosing a permanent successor.

Regan said: "Billy has got a great opportunity to show what he can do. He's a great guy, he has been very committed to the under-21s. He has agreed to take this position on an interim basis, until the board have decided on the next step. Depending on how Billy performs and his own views, then clearly we would keep the door open for any potential candidate at this stage."

Stark himself was maintaining his focus on the 90 minutes and making sure the players bounce back from the disappointment of losing their manager, and their poor start to the World Cup qualifiers.

"The way I view it is I'm honoured and privileged to be asked to take the team," he said.

"The main aim in a general sense is for the players to produce a good performance and a result, and I'm looking no further than that."

Losing nine players from his original 21-man squad on Sunday might have prompted some managers to question what they had let himself in for, but Stark has two qualifying campaigns under his belt for the Under-21s and took it in his stride.

"I think when you're involved in international management, as I have been with the 21s, you have a feel for how it works," he said. "The full job is exaggerated and magnified a thousand times. I enjoy the aspects of international football that I have had over the past number of years.

"I have been doing my level best to get the most enjoyment I can out of this in terms of being professional and doing a good solid job.

"But I have said to the players that we want to make this a positive experience and the only way we will do that for all of us is if we get a good performance and a good result."

Source: PA