New manager Craig Levein admits he missed the pressure of management and can't wait to return to the Hearts dugout.
Following his unveiling as the club’s new manager on Monday, Craig Levein joined Ann Budge in addressing the media at Tynecastle on Tuesday. It was revealed the former Scotland boss has agreed to return to management on a three-year deal, which will see him act as both Manager and Director of Football.
“The Director of Football job is completely different to what it was three years ago,” Craig explained when asked how he intends to combine the two roles.
“There was an awful lot of work needed to be done to build the club and the infrastructure. It wasn’t just the football department. The club’s in a far better place now than it’s been for a long, long time.
“I combined the Manager and Director of Football role at Dundee United for two-and-a-half-years. This was a far, far bigger job to get the club back to where it needed to be and I now feel it’s in a place where I can step back into management.”
The former club captain first managed Hearts between 2000 and 2004, during which time he led the club to two successive 3rd place finishes. That in turn resulted in two seasons of European football and the man himself admits he can’t wait to return to the heart of the action.
“I missed being out there, I missed the pressure of standing out there being 4-2 down to Hibs with tow minutes to go. I missed that.
“We just need to win games now. I know it’s going to be tough in the next little while but that’s what we need to do.
“Maybe we’ll manage to do a couple of bits of business before the transfer window closes. We’re a little light in a couple of areas.
“In terms of my coaching staff, Austin MacPhee will remain as Assistant and each of the coaches will take on a little bit extra, which will allow me to shed some of the things I have as Director of Football to concentrate on what’s happening on a day-to-day basis.”