Craig Levein appointed new head coach of Hearts

Solenn Plantier
Août 28, 2017

Jon Daly, the club's Under-20 coach, had been interim head coach since Cathro's exit.

When he first took on the role of Director of Football at Hearts, Levein appointed Robbie Neilson as Head Coach.

A shortlist of candidates was drawn up and interviews were held but Levein is to take charge of the first team for the second time.

He secured successive third-place finishes and took them into the UEFA Cup group stages.

The former Scotland boss has served as the Director of Football at the club since 2014 and was the man tasked with hiring replacements for Ian Cathro; although, it would appear that Ann Budge wants him to take the job. Billy Davies interviewed for the role but later criticised the club's structure. Jon's first team responsibilities mean that Andy Kirk will now take charge of the U20s on a permanent basis.

The 52-year-old left for Leicester City in October 2004 and later managed Dundee United and Scotland. Given this situation, we believed it was essential to call on experience.

'We are delighted that Craig has agreed to take on this challenge and for the avoidance of doubt...yes...he will be taking his place in the dugout, ' a club statement read. The candidates we interviewed were, without exception, first-class.

Levein is to be revealed as the permanent successor to Ian Cathro at Tynecastle later this afternoon, nearly a month after Cathro was sacked from the role.

It's an appointment likely to divide opinion amongst Hearts supporters and adds to the transitional status of this season, with Hearts having to play their Ladbrokes Premiership games away from home during the first quarter due to the delayed opening of the new main stand.

Levein, who made 326 appearances for the Jam Tarts between 1983 and 1997, is a now shock candidate rivalling ex-Hearts duo Paul Hartley and Steven Pressley as the most viable candidates for the job.

In 2009 he was granted his big opportunity as he was appointed Scotland manager on a five-and-a-half year deal.

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