Interesting to note that AM played McManus, Ferguson, Miller and McFadden (no Hutton) in the Georgia game so he was going for a more attacking style, probably in an attempt to get pts before playing Italy, and obviously it didn't work. A lot of people were crying out for a 4-4-2 formation and when he did use it, he now gets criticized.
What I don't understand is having learnt those lessons from the last campaign, and indeed the 3 friendlies earlier this year, GB plays a 4-4-2 against a potentially difficult team in Macedonia (where he did have the services of Miller and McManus) and look what happens.
We have been given a lifeline with the results on Wednesday and now still have a fair chance to qualify, if our performances improve drastically. However, even when Hutton and Ferguson get back we will still have to play a damn sight better and with more astute tactics and confidence if we are going to get a result. GB produced good teams at Ipswich and Hearts, but I've yet to see a Scotland team play a good game under GB, much to my surprise. I hope to heck he can turn things around and give the Argies a tough game in November.
Burley wants to stamp his own style onto the team, he wants to get us to play a more attacking style more often. He got that badly wrong in the first half on Saturday and hopefully he will learn from it. Lawrie Sanchez had a tough start to his NI managerial stint, but he done rather well in the end.
As others have pointed out, playing 4-5-1 is not the way to progress. We just about hit the ceiling as far as that formation is concerned in the last campaign, we now need to find a way of taking the game to so called better opponents and pressing them back, not sneaking a goal and hanging on for dear life.
The problems are that it's a favoured metholodgy for Walter Smith at Ibrox and at Tynecastle, so it's difficult to get the players in such a mindset when they join up for International games.
Either way, if we have to suffer short term pain for long term gain then so be it. Burley might not be the answer, Ally Bear and the Canadian might be right, but we need to give Burley more than 3 competitive games to prove himself.