First Team

Robbie staying put

26th March 2015

Title-winning head coach insists he'll be leading the Jambos into the Premiership next season.

Robbie Neilson insists he’s going nowhere after guiding Hearts to the title in record-breaking fashion.

The Championship-winning head coach has been the subject of speculation linking him with a move away from Tynecastle following an historic campaign, but he’s reaffirmed his desire to stick with the Jambos and kick-on in next season’s Premiership.

Speaking to the media this morning, Robbie said: “I’ll be here next season. I’m not ready to make a step yet. It’s been a great season and it’s been really enjoyable.

“We’ve been lucky that any mistakes we have made in the coaching side or during the games, from my perspective, haven’t been punished. When you move up a level then they do get punished so it’s important that we don’t get ahead of ourselves, players and coaching staff, to think that we’ve done it.

“I’ve only been in the job for nine, ten months or whatever it is. I’ve still got a long way to go and I’ve still got a long way to take this team as well.

“It’s a great opportunity to build over the summer and have real crack at it next season and see where we are. Then the season after that, if we can gain stability in the league, then it gives us another chance to push on from there.

“I’m really happy where I am, at a stable club. Ann’s been fantastic, Craig’s been great so it’s a great place to be at the minute.”

Robbie’s champions host promotion-chasing Queen of the South on Saturday and he knows all about the dangers of playing when silverware has already been wrapped up, with the Doonhamers looking to spoil any party that might be planned at Tynecastle and push for the playoffs.

“The results on Tuesday night were difficult for them,” he said. “They lost and Falkirk won so it’s become really tight and they’ve got a tough run of games; ourselves, Hibs and Rangers coming up and then they play Falkirk.

“I expect them to come and I expect James Fowler to be in the dressing room saying ‘we’re not coming here to be the guys who are turning up for a party just to get turned over’. I expect them to fight and make it really difficult for us.

“I’ve been in situations as a player when you go these teams who have won the championship and it gives you extra motivation to play against them because you don’t want to be the team that comes and gets turned over a party.”