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Hearts ready to switch to Murrayfield

Ann Budge
Budge: stand not ready (photo by Terry Murden)

Hearts owner Ann Budge has confirmed that Hearts will play their home cup ties this summer at Tynecastle, but may host any Europa League or League Cup ties at Murrayfield.

Building work on the stand is not due to finish until September and the SPFL has given the club permission to play all league matches prior to September 9 away from home if preferred.

However, Budge said the club has an agreement in principle to play home Premiership matches at Murrayfield should progress on the new main stand be delayed.

Regarding playing matters, Budge denied that director of football Craig Levein has too much influence on head coach Ian Cathro’s position.

“As has been explained many times before, the director of football role as it applies at Hearts is very wide and very varied,” she stated. “Craig is responsible for all football matters and for all age groups. He is also an executive director on the board with the additional responsibilities that brings.

“Craig holds his position because of his vast footballing experience, which means his opinion and advice can be extremely valuable. That said, he no more does Ian’s job than he does Roger Arnott’s job as head of the academy … or indeed mine, as chief executive.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Ian picks the team, as did Robbie [Neilson] when he was here. Any input from Craig, whether in note form from a vantage point in the stand or in any other form, is given purely to assist Ian’s decision-making.

“I have said from the outset that we are taking a long-term view of building this club, this business, and as such a run of disappointing results following a period of significant change, or some mischievous (at best) headlines, will not divert us from our purpose.

“We will continue to invest in youth, both for players and coaches, supported by experienced professionals.”

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