Scotland women’s boss Shelley Kerr reduced her World Cup stars to tears as she blamed them for being knocked out the tournament in a boozy rant.
Kerr admits that she, along with some of her backroom team, “had a few drinks” before the explosive debrief.
The SFA – who were rocked by the Boozegate scandal involving Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor – had to have talks with Kerr and her stars.
In an interview Kerr revealed her regret at the way she reacted to her squad, saying she would “do things differently” if confronted with the same scenario now.
She also revealed that some players considered quitting the national side as tempers flared at the highly-charged showdown – but Kerr insists the squad is still fully behind her.
She told BBC Scotland: “There were a few hard and fast conversations. That will happen in a performance environment.
“On reflection would I do things differently? Yeah of course, maybe the timing because the emotions, certainly the circumstance, were so unique.”
Scotland’s women lost the opening two games of their first World Cup against England and Japan before conceding three in the final 16 minutes to draw 3-3 with Argentina when victory would have earned a coveted last-16 place.
Kerr is understood to have pointed the finger at the players in Paris the day after the final match – but denied that too much booze had fuelled her outburst.
She said: “The staff were working around the clock and the day after, when the tournament finished, myself and some of the staff went out for a meal and we had a few drinks.
“You’re on time off but I can see the perception.”
The revelations came as Kerr named her squad for the first Euro 2021 qualifier against Cyprus on August 30. Injured duo Lana Clelland and Christie Murray are the only members of the World Cup squad not involved.
Glasgow City midfielder Sam Kerr, 20, is the only uncapped player called up.
Boss Kerr added: “I’ve spoken to a lot of the players directly and indirectly and I have a positive feeling about the Euros. That’s what we need to focus on now.”
Kerr played 59 times for Scotland across three decades. But the 49-year-old insists she always felt she was destined for coaching.
She took her first course aged 20 at the Inverclyde training centre that shaped the careers of managers such as Jose Mourinho .
As a coach, Kerr gained experience at Kilmarnock, Hibs, Spartans and Scotland women’s Under-19 team.
She bossed Arsenal Ladies and Stirling Uni’s men’s team before taking the Scotland job.
The original Boozegate in 2009 saw Ferguson and McGregor widely criticised after a late-night drinking session at Scotland’s team hotel following a World Cup qualifier against Holland and ahead of a game with Iceland at Hampden.
The pair, who had both played the 90 minutes in Amsterdam, were omitted from the starting line-up to face Iceland at Hampden on 1 April 2009.
But the duo were seen appearing to make the ‘V-sign’ on the subs bench, sparking controversy.
Source: Daily Records