Club News

Frankie McAvoy appointed Academy Director

3rd February 2022

Heart of Midlothian Football Club is delighted to confirm the appointment of Frankie McAvoy as its Academy Director.

The hugely experienced former Preston North End head coach will head up the club’s  Academy, with a wide-ranging remit to oversee the youth system.

54-year-old Frankie is no stranger to Scottish football, having cut his coaching teeth as an academy coach with Dunfermline Athletic back in 2003.

Two years later he joined Hamilton Academical in a similar role, working his way up to academy director. It was during this period that Hamilton famously blooded young talents like James McArthur and James McCarthy into their first team, both of whom would go on gain substantial international recognition and  carve out careers in England’s top flight.

In 2013, Frankie would be made first team coach at Accies under Alex Neil, and would follow him down south to Norwich City in 2015, again as first team coach.

He would gain invaluable Premier League and Championship experience, helping the Canaries to win the 2015 Championship Play-Off Final, before making the move to Preston North End.

Following a spell as interim head coach at Deepdale, Frankie earned the top job at Deepdale in 2021 before departing in December of that year.

He now begins life at Hearts and Sporting Director Joe Savage is delighted to get the man he feels can push the Academy on to the next level.

Joe told the Official Hearts Website: “This isn’t an appointment we wanted to rush and in Frankie we have got the right person for what is a very important job.

“I’m lucky enough to have known Frankie for a while, having worked with him both in Scotland and England, and he is a top operator with so much high-level experience.

“He ticks every box, having coached at youth level and helping to get young talent into the first team with Hamilton Accies, right the way through to coaching in the Premier League and managing in the Championship.

“There will no doubt be a few new challenges for him in this role but I’ve no doubt he will excel in it. It’s an exciting time for this club as we continue to put all the building blocks in place for sustained success, and I’m really happy that we’ve got someone of Frankie’s calibre on board.”