Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed his pride at Hearts storming this season’s Scottish Championship, and believes the late Dave Mackay would join him in admiring the job that’s been done on and off the park.
Scotland’s greatest ever manager spoke exclusively to HeartsTV at Tynecastle, as he paid tribute to a fellow greatest ever, Hearts legend Dave, whose funeral took place yesterday.
Speaking outside the Directors' Suite, Sir Alex said: “I think Dave would be very proud of Hearts. As you know, they’ve been through a terrible time, have Hearts, and anyone who has an affection for Hearts - and I go back to when I was a boy – I must say, they were my sort of a second team after Rangers, with the great players John Cumming, Bauld, Conn and Wardhaugh.
“That period when things go so bad…I just think that sometimes a guardian angel comes along and saves you. The job that Ann Budge has done has not only regenerated the club but it’s given everyone a lift in sense of the ambition is back in the club, they’re back in the Premier League.
“They’ve won the Championship by 20-something points, it’s a phenomenal number of points and I’m delighted for them.
“I’m really proud of the job that Ann Budge has done.”
The former Manchester United manager is in no doubt that Robbie Neilson’s lads can thrive in next year’s SPFL Premiership after watching the men in maroon in action this season.
“I think it is onwards and upwards, I don’t think there’s anyway back now and you’ve found your way,” he said. “Sometimes you get lost on the road to where you want to go to and now they’ve found their way again.
“They look more than a useful team because I’ve watched them a few times this season.
“They play some really good football and I think you’ll be very welcome in the Premier Division, I’m sure of that, and you’ll do well.”
Sir Alex’s interview is available to watch in full now on HeartsTV.
Photo courtesy of Eric McCowat.