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Football: Kuwait fearing loss of Vogts to Scotland.

The Kuwait Football Association are resigned to losing coach Berti Vogts to Scotland at the end of his contract.

The former Germany coach, who is currently en route to Oman with the national side to take part in the Gulf Cup, has expressed an interest in becoming Craig Brown's successor.

But his current employers had still hoped to persuade the 55year-old to stay on beyond his current contract which expires at the end of this month.

The Kuwait FA, however, yesterday admitted there was little they could do to persuade him to stay on as national coach and reject Scotland's advances.

A spokesman said: 'He signed a one-year contract with the Kuwait Football Association and he will honour that.

'But after that I can't give you an answer because no-one knows what is going to happen.

'We would be happy to talk with him about extending his contract, but that will be up to him.

'I don't think we would be able to convince him to sign a new contract if a better offer came in for him.'

Vogts recently expressed his interest in taking over fromBrown, who stepped down in October last year.

He said: 'My manager spoke to the Scottish federation, but I have to prepare the Kuwaiti team for the Gulf Cup.

'At the end of January I will be ready to speak to the Scottish federation.

'The Scottish team has a lot of experience and a lot of good young players. I am very interested in the job in Scotland.

'Craig Brown is a good friend, and I think he has a lot of good words for me.'

Vogts is a close friend of German legend Franz Beckenbauer and won the World Cup with him in 1974.

But the former Borussia Monchengladbach defender could not reproduce 'Der Kaiser's results at international level after replacing Beckenbauer as national coach after the World Cup win in Italia 90.

His team failed to get past the quarter-final stages of the World Cup in the USA four years later, although they did win the European Championships in 1996.

However, defeat to Croatia in the last eight of the 1998 World Cup in France convinced Vogts to quit and he returned to club management with Bayer Leverkusen.
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