First Team

Park joins backroom team

2nd November 2019

Austin MacPhee has added Donald Park to his backroom team ahead of Sunday’s Betfred Cup semi-final against Rangers.

The Interim Manager has called upon the hugely experienced coach to be part of the first-team set up and join him in the dugout.

Donald, previously a player and assistant manager at Hearts, returned to Tynecastle last summer to take up a role within the Academy, after a coaching career that took him to Meadowbank Thistle, Arbroath, Hibernian, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and the Scottish Football Association.

Speaking to Heartsfc.co.uk about the addition, Austin said: “I wanted to change the dynamic of the backroom staff a little bit. Donald is hugely respected in Scottish football and I think he has something to offer to the first team.

“My experiences of sitting beside someone with Donald’s level of experience, like Jimmy Nicholl with Northern Ireland, is that sometimes they say less but it has more value.

“I also think it’s good that Donald doesn’t know too much about the players. Sometimes you can have an opinion about a thing that should change but doesn’t, and he’ll have a fresh set of eyes about the way that I work. I know that if he thinks I’m doing something wrong then he’ll tell me.

“He’s been hugely supportive to lots of the coaching staff and I’ve got no doubts that I’ll not regret this decision in my interim role.”