Coach on the move

Hearts look to Cathro as Neilson agrees MK deal

Robbie Neilson
Robbie Neilson

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson is leaving to join English League One side MK Dons after compensation was agreed with the Tynecastle club.

The 36-year-old had talks in Milton Keynes on Tuesday and he leaves the second-placed Scottish Premiership club to join a side currently 19th in England’s third tier.

The former Scotland international will be joined at Stadium MK by his assistant Stevie Crawford.

MK Dons have been seeking a new manager since Karl Robinson left by mutual consent in October after more than six years in the role.

Ex-Hearts player Gary Naysmith is a possible replacement at Tynecastle, but the favourite is Ian Cathro, part of Rafa Benitez’s coaching staff at Newcastle United.

If confirmed the 30-year-old would become the Scottish Premiership’s youngest ever boss.

Hearts director of football Craig Levein appointed Cathro head of Dundee United’s academy in 2008 when he was just 22.

He rejected a coaching post at Tynecastle to move to Spanish side Valencia. From there he joined Steve McLaren at St James’ park.


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