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Levein pleased with progress

10th July 2014

Craig Levein encouraged by what he's seen so far as he looks ahead to upcoming Manchester City match.

Craig Levein believes the signs are already encouraging for this Hearts team, despite it being very much in its infancy.

The Director of Football believes that work done on the training pitch is paying off in matches, and thinks things will get even better through a combination of practice and more new arrivals.

Speaking to HeartsTV this afternoon, Craig said: "Robbie's got a style and a way that he wants to play and it's about reinforcing that and me being there to support him.

"Things are going well. I'm really pleased with the way we've managed to tighten things and we look fairly organised defensively, throughout the pitch.

"I think in midfield there are very encouraging signs. At this minute in time we need a bit more strength, and there are a number of things we need in the forward areas but we'll get there. One, through working on the training ground and two, through bringing other players in."

The Jambos travel to East Fife on Saturday for their next friendly before hosting English Premier League champions Manchester City, a game that Craig thinks will capture everybody's imagination.

"Manchester City is a huge game," he said. "They'll have a lot of their big name players there. Obviously there will be one or two who are elsewhere!

"It's a great game for us, it's a great game for the youngsters and it's a great game for the supporters as well.

"I'd urge everybody to come along and watch. We're part-way down the rebuilding process and it would be an idea for folk to come down and see how we're getting on."

The club is running its very first Gorgie Club jazz evening on the night of the Manchester City game, with a hospitality package including food, live entertainment and a cash bar. Craig believes that the revival off the park, as well as on, should not be ignored.

"There are a lot of new people involved at the club and it's a new beginning," he said. "The Jazz with Jambos hospitality night is something new and something different. Our new commercial director Ann Park is keen to try lots of new stuff."

Craig's interview is available to watch in full on HeartsTV.

Gorgie Club jazz evening hospitality can be booked online at or by calling 0131 200 7271