Football Chat @ 2pm

The football chat is back with this weeks instalment hosted by Cameron Storer.

Ryan Maher and Jamie Taylor join in to discuss their opinions on all the international football, including Strachan and Scotland.

 

The SFA should move to Murrayfield for the fans’ sake

It’s been a question which fans of the Scottish game have pondered for years.

 

Should the home of Scottish football be Hampden or Murrayfield? The answer might not be so far away.

 

Hampden is the National Stadium and has been the regular home for Scotland internationals and domestic cup semi-finals and finals. Murrayfield is the home of Scottish rugby and has very rarely hosted football matches over the years.However, having been a temporary home for Hearts in the last few months while Tynecastle Park is renovated, the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) have made a case to the Scottish Football Association (SFA) that Murrayfield becomes the new national football stadium once the SFA’s lease at Hampden expires in 2020.

 

South Stand, Hampden Park. Source: Google

 

For many, that is a decision which should have been made years ago. Since its completed redevelopment to an all-seated stadium 18 years ago, Hampden has been anything but ‘fan friendly’. If you’re unfortunate enough to get a ticket in the east or west stand during a game, then you’ll find yourself an unnecessary distance from the pitch. The stadium’s design means that any talk of a good atmosphere isn’t usually what you hear after a match. For supporters who travel by bus, it can be a good 25-minute walk to the stadium too.

 

At Murrayfield there’s an opportunity for fans visiting home internationals or domestic cup finals to experience something in a much more enjoyable environment. The move to Murrayfield for the SFA would mean more seats for bigger crowds and public transport on tap. Those crowds would be closer to the pitch too, which means better atmospheres.

 

It’s also worth noting that the rest of Britain’s national stadiums are all in the capital cities (London’s Wembley, Cardiff’s Principality Stadium and Belfast’s Windsor Park) so the shift from Glasgow to Edinburgh for the national team would follow a trend. One of Scotland’s best ever players, Kenny Dalglish, has this week backed the SFA to stay put. “How can Scottish football move from Hampden? It’s home,” he said.

 

Scotland’s national team first started playing there in 1906 so it’s clear why traditionalists aren’t keen on the change. But Scottish football needs a shake up from top to bottom and a vibrant new home for the SFA should be heavily considered.

Maurice Malpas: time for a ‘fresh face’ for Scotland

Malpas

Former Scotland defender, Maurice Malpas has stated it might be time for Scotland to bring in a ‘fresh face’ as manager. 

Malpas, who played in the same international team as Gordon Strachan, has said: “I think Gordon will reflect on the last two qualifying campaigns and knowing him he might choose to go.”

However the Scot, who was picking balls for the IRN-BRU Cup Quarter Finals said he expects the SFA to stick with Strachan into the Euro 2020 qualifiers.  “I am sure the SFA will look at the last six games and take a lot of positives.  I’d expect them to keep him on.”

SFA Chief, Stewart Regan has said there will be no “knee-jerking decisions” over Strachan’s future.

Regan told SunSport: “Everyone is disappointed with how the campaign ended.

“I’ve already had a chat with the manager and we’ve discussed it and I’ve said to him we’ll be discussing things as a board.

“I don’t think it would be fair on him or fair on us to make any snap judgement.

“We’ll just reflect on it and when we’re ready we’ll make a call on what happens next.

The bookies have lined up potential replacements should Gordan Strachan’s tenure come to an end.  David Moyes is the early frontrunner to succeed Strachan with Paddy Power offering odds of 17/10.  Other potential choices include former Scotland boss Alex McLeish (4/1) and current Performance Director of the SFA, Malkay Mackay (4/1).

 

 

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