Darren Murray believes it is a privilege to be back working for Hearts after being appointed Head of Coach Education at the Hearts Academy.
The former Hearts U20s coach left the club for Coventry City four years ago but having spent the past two years delivering the Box Soccer programme at the Academy, he has now returned to help develop the club’s academy coaches.
Speaking to Hearts TV, Darren explained how the move came about:
“It’s quite a simple process really, mainly because we’ve been doing the coach education for the Box Soccer coaches every Monday, Tuesday and Friday night,” he explained.
“I’ve always been in and around the Academy since we started doing Box Soccer at Hearts. I’ve been responsible for ensuring the coaches deliver the instructions to the standards required.
“I see this is another progression for me because I know I can deliver these Box Soccer coaches to a really good standard and it’s now about making sure the 11-a-side coaches here are adhering to the principles of play put down by Craig Levein, Roger Arnott and the Academy staff.
“And obviously it’s also about ensuring the required standards are being met at all times.”
Darren believes that educating coaches will in turn lead to many more youngsters turning out for the Hearts first team in the coming years.
“There’s something different happening here and it’s one of the reasons why I was keen to help out when Craig and Roger asked me about coming back in.
“Just look around this place, everything is here. I remember when I first started I was down at Tynecastle doing the laundry and all that but now everything is in the one place.
“I think what we can’t do is make this an easy environment. We have to make it so that the players are constantly pushing and for that to happen you need to make sure the coaches are placing the right demands and discipline on the players.
“John Colquhoun and myself have had huge discussions regarding this and we absolutely believe that if you educate the coaches then the players will get better.
“There’s been brilliant work done here. But when that new stand opens, see in the next five or six years, if this Academy continues the way it’s going then that first team will be littered with academy graduates.
“At the end of the day, that is what this club is about.”