First Team

Michael welcomes new challenge

9th December 2019

Michael Smith has revealed that the first team is already looking forward to getting onto the training pitch with new manager Daniel Stendel.

The Club announced on Saturday night that Daniel had agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal to take over as Hearts manager, and Michael was quick to admit that he was looking forward to the challenge of impressing the new gaffer.

“The new man will come in with some fresh ideas and maybe mix things up a little,” he said. “We’ll see what he has to offer and I’m looking forward to the new challenge.” 

“We’d known who it was going to be for a wee while and I’m excited to see what he brings. I watched Barnsley a few times when they won promotion last season and they looked like a good side, playing with a high press.

“If he can instil that in us then maybe we can go out there and perform and get results. We definitely needed a clean break and some new ideas. We’re capable of going on a good run quite quickly if everyone buys into his philosophy and we get it going.

“Let’s hope so, anyway. We’ll be working hard on the training ground with him to try and put all of his plans into place.

“Every single one of us needs to take a long, hard look at ourselves. We have young guys in the team and this is a learning curve for them but this is professional football, it’s a man’s game.

"It’s tough but if they find themselves in the starting XI then they need to step up and perform.”