George Elder Burley ( born June 3, 1956 in Cumnock ) is a former Scottish footballer. He was from January 2008 to November 2009 coach of the Scottish national team. Most recently, he was the coach of the English second division club Crystal Palace. In 1982 he participated in the World Cup as a member of the Scottish national football team.
After failing to qualify for the Football World Cup in 2010 and a 0-3 defeat in Wales Burley was released on November 16, 2009. At the beginning of the Football League Championship 2010/11 he took over the coaching job with the English second division club Crystal Palace. After a few successful course of the season and a 0-3 defeat against FC Millwall George Burley was sacked at Crystal Palace on 1 January 2011.
Burley began his career at Ipswich Town. After 13 years and exactly 500 duty stakes, he moved to Sunderland. He then went to Gillingham and Motherwell. In Ayr United, he was engaged as player-coach, acted 1993, but as a player at Falkirk and again at Motherwell.
The FA Cup win in 1978 could Burley with Ipswich and was subsequently also the Scottish national team. For the Bravehearts he ran to a total of eleven times.
In 1972 he went to Ipswich and was in 1973 against Manchester United at Old Trafford his professional debut. 1978 won the Tractor Boys against favorites Arsenal 1-0 in the final of the FA Cup. 1981, the UEFA Cup success of Ipswich Town against AZ Alkmaar he had injured but fit. In the league Town was only second in the final sprint, while Aston Villa English champions.
In 1985 Burley to Sunderland, a year later in his Scottish homeland. His last stop was in Colchester, where he was player-manager.