Craig Levein has revealed that work to appoint a new Head Coach is well underway, with Jon Daly and Andy Kirk set to take charge of Hearts’ match against Ross County on Saturday.
Robbie Neilson is expected to finalise his move to MK Dons later today in a switch that will also see his assistant Steve Crawford move south to the English League One side.
Director of Football Craig Levein addressed the media at Riccarton on Friday morning and took time to pay tribute to the outgoing Head Coach.
“We agreed terms with MK Dons last night and I assume that Robbie will be signing his contract today,” said Levein.
“Robbie leaves with my best wishes. I’ve got a lot of admiration for him and on a personal level I really like him, he’s a good guy.
“The amount of work he put in here to help get us back to where we should be is something I’ll be eternally grateful for.
“I think the Hearts fans and certainly the Board of Directors feel the same.”
The focus now turns to appointing a new Head Coach and Assistant, however, there is also the small matter of tomorrow’s Ladbrokes Premiership match away to Ross County.
“Jon Daly and Andy Kirk will take charge of the team on Saturday. I’m happy with that and it allows me to focus my attention on bringing in the right person to take the club forward,” Levein explained.
“We’re looking for a young, intelligent, energetic and enthusiastic coach who can help us move on from where we are.
“That’s the key; to get somebody in who can improve us.
“I’m not going to go into specifics about individuals, but rest assured we are working hard to get the right person in.
“The Hearts job is both attractive and highly pressurised. There’s a lot of expectation that goes with being in charge here.
“When you get to a club this size then people expect you to win every week. That’s something the new Head Coach will understand.
“The club’s heading in the right direction and there’s a lot of really great things going on.
“We have the backing of our supporters and the Foundation of Hearts, our stadium’s packed every home game and we’re building a new Main Stand. So we would hope to kick on from here and improve.”