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Vogts quits over disgraceful abuse

Vogts' spell as Scotland coach ended by mutual consent officials said
Berti Vogts Fact Box
1946 Born on December 30, in Buettgen, Germany
1965 Joined Borussia Moenchengladbach. Went on to make more than 400 Bundesliga appearances for the club
1967 Earned first of 96 caps for West Germany in 1-0 defeat to Yugoslavia
1970 Won first of five Bundesliga titles with Moenchengladbach.
1972 Won European Championship with West Germany
1974 Won the World Cup playing in 2-1 defeat of the Dutch in final
1978 Played in the 1978 World Cup finals. Scored an own-goal in his final international appearance, a 3-2 defeat by Austria
1979 Won second UEFA Cup final and named German Footballer of the Year for second time. Retired as player and became youth coach with West Germany
1986 Became assistant coach of West Germany.
1990 Replaced Franz Beckenbauer as head coach of world champions 1992 Took Germany to the final of the European Championship
1996 Coached Germany to European Championship triumph
1998 Resigned after quarterfinal exit to Croatia at World Cup
2000 Appointed Bayer Leverkusen coach after dismissal of Christoph Daum. Quits at end of season
2001 Appointed coach of Kuwait in August.
2002 Named coach of Scotland in March. Loses first game 5-0 to France.
2003 Scotland reach the play-offs for a place at Euro 2004 finals
2004 Scotland pick up just two points from nine in their first three qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup
November 1 Resigns

LONDON, England -- German Berti Vogts has resigned as Scotland coach after 2-1/2 years in charge following "disgraceful abuse" by a "tiny minority" of fans.

"The Scottish FA confirms that Berti Vogts has today offered his resignation as Scotland's national coach," the Scottish FA said in a statement.

"His resignation has been accepted by the Scottish FA Board and he leaves his position by mutual consent."

Vogts, who led his native Germany to victory at Euro 96, had been under increasing pressure after a poor start to Scotland's World Cup qualifying campaign.

They picked up just two points from their first three games.

Former Rangers and Everton manager Walter Smith and ex-Southampton coach Gordon Strachan are among the men tipped to take over.

Vogts said in a statement that he had quit because of "disgraceful abuse" including being spat upon.

"With great reluctance, myself and the Scottish Football Association, and in particular John McBeth and David Taylor, who have been a source of great strength and support, have made a joint decision to close this chapter in my life at the helm of Scottish international football.

"From my point of view, the decision has been made with a heavy heart as I have enjoyed my tenure at the hub of the Scottish football team and the warmth that I have experienced from the people of Scotland.

"I must say that the major factor in this decision has been the disgraceful abuse that I have suffered, especially of late.

"It has degenerated into a physical nature, especially on recent occasions where I have been spat upon.

'Not acceptable'

"This is not acceptable behaviour in a civilised society and I know that the vast majority of Scots will join me in my disgust at this act by a very tiny minority.

"The abuse is something that people in public life must get used to, but now it is having a serious effect upon my home life. I cannot sit by, as no-one would, to be involved in the abuse that I have to endure.

"And it is this that has made this very hard decision inevitable."

Speculation over Vogts's future had grown since a disappointing 1-1 draw in Moldova last month left Scotland with little hope of reaching the 2006 World Cup finals.

Scotland drew 0-0 with Slovenia and lost 1-0 at home to Norway in their first two qualifying matches, leaving them second-bottom of Group 5.

Following the 1-1 draw in Moldova Vogts was given a 'vote of confidence' by the Scottish FA with chief executive David Taylor saying "we are not in the market to be looking for a manager."

However, the much-maligned coach's position had become untenable in recent weeks.

Despite Scotland slipping to an all-time low 68th in the FIFA world rankings Vogts said he believed he had laid the foundations for future Scottish success.

"I know that in time, and given support, they will develop into the team of my vision," he said. "I still have belief in my boys, all of them."

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