First Team

MacPhee relishing Hearts challenge

6th December 2016

Hearts' new Assistant Head Coach looking forward to 'moving out of his comfort zone' at Hearts.

Austin MacPhee believes joining Hearts will allow him to step out of his comfort zone as he looks to help take the club forward.

The 37-year-old was officially appointed as Hearts’ new Assistant Head Coach earlier today. He sat alongside Head Coach Ian Cathro and Hearts’ Chairwoman Ann Budge as they addressed the media at Tynecastle this morning.

The Kirkcaldy-born coach, who will continue to serve as Nothern Ireland’s Assistant Coach, is adament that Hearts is the right club for him.

“I believe this is a club where me and Ian can move out of our comfort zone,” said Austin.

“I believe the decision to come here and to work with Ian, Craig and Ann is one that will be the right one for my career over time.

“In life you need to make choices and I’m absolutely convinced I’ve made the right career choice here.

“Me and Ian are different characters. People think we’re quite similar just due to the fact that neither of us have had much of playing career.

“We’ve also taken a different route into coaching, there’s a bit of diversity in our background and we’ve both been overseas.

“But I think we’ve got different skills and we’ve exchanged ideas of the game ever since we first got to know each other.

“There’s things we’ll both challenge each other and I believe we can grow with Craig, Ann and the supporters to build on the great job Robbie and Stevie have done here.”

The new coaching team will take charge of their first Hearts game this coming Saturday when the Jambos travel to Ibrox for a 3pm fixture against Rangers.