That Guilty Feeling
Updated Tuesday, 11th May 2010
Craig Levein is releived that his departure from Dundee United did not adversly affect them in the long run.
Craig Levein suffered from "unbelievable guilt" after he left Dundee United to take over as the national coach when George Burley was sacked by the SFA. Levein left United in December last year after almost three years in charge at Tannadice. His departure sparked a mini-crisis on Tayside, with the club taking just one point from their next three game. This trio of misfortune included a 7-1 loss to Rangers, which initially led to caretaker-manager Peter Houston pulling out of the race to succeed Levein. However, Houston quickly got United's season back on course and they finished third in the SPL and have the Scottish Cup final to look forward to.
Levein said: "I felt unbelievable guilt when they had a little wobble. I'd left them and they were floundering a little bit. It's hard to explain how difficult it can be to halt things once they start to slide. They have come through it and I feel they deserve all the credit they get. Housty managed to calm himself down and get back to focusing on the football."
Levein also hailed captain Andy Webster, who is on loan from Rangers. He said: "Andy also had a massive influence at that time. He had the benefit of having been through that scenario before as the same thing had happened when Andy was at Hearts and I left for Leicester halfway through a season. He spoke to the players and said they needed to get focused back on playing and doing what they are good at. It coincided with Housty really getting a grip on things again. The only thing that bothers me now is they have actually got better since I left and that's a bit annoying!"
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