First Team

Stevie: Delighted to be here

22nd June 2014

Assistant head coach Stevie Crawford couldn't turn down the lure of being part of Hearts' revival.

New assistant head coach Stevie Crawford says he's delighted to be part of the new coaching set-up at Hearts and insists the Jambos have to be "ambitious" this season.

The ex-Scotland striker links up again with head coach Robbie Neilson following a spell together in the dugout at Falkirk and he believes it was an offer that he couldn't refuse.

Speaking to HeartsTV, Stevie said: "I'm absolutely delighted to be here. I enjoyed working at Falkirk for three years with a young and enthusiastic squad. I knew the minute that Robbie picked up the phone and asked if I would be interested, I had a feeling right away that it would be something that interested me.

"I see Hearts as one of the biggest clubs in Scotland, albeit we'll be playing in the Championship this season. I'm just delighted to come to a club this size."

The 2014-15 Championship campaign looks set to be the most challenging league in recent memory, with the Jambos starting the season away to Rangers before hosting Hibs. Stevie knows just how tough the task ahead is, but believes everyone can come together to inspire the men in maroon to promotion.

"It's exciting," he said. "It's really exciting. Tynecastle was a difficult place to come as a player. When the supporters got behind Hearts it was a very intimidating place. Our job now is to get the fans on our side.

"Looking at last season from a distance, they did get behind the team. There's a positive vibe about the place. If we can get the results on the pitch then I'm sure the fans will be behind us.

"Hopefully there won't be too many teams coming here this season looking forward to the challenge that's there for them.

"We've got to be ambitious. I'm not going to stand here now and say 'we will definitely win the league'. I'm not going to say that and some people might ask if that's me being negative right-away. I'm realistic enough to know that we'll be there challenging and we'll give it our best shot.

"I'm convinced that if we give it our best shot then the Hearts fans will get behind the boys and be there for us. Fingers crossed it's good enough for us to win automatic promotion, if not then we make sure we finish in the play-offs and give ourselves an opportunity to then win promotion from there."

Stevie's interview is available to watch in full on HeartsTV.