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Hearts seeking new boss

Daly takes charge as Budge stops rot

Ann Budge
Budge: concerns (photo by Terry Murden)

Jon Daly will take charge of Hearts for their opening game of the season which comes against the toughest of opposition.

The game at Celtic may be his only one in charge as the club prepares to install a permanent successor to Ian Cathro who was dismissed following a dismal run of results since his appointment in December.

As reported by Daily Business earlier this week, the decision was coloured by owner Ann Budge’s fear that continued poor results would derail the club’s recovery and expansion plans. In particular she has been concerned that supporters would stop donating to the Foundation of Hearts.

Daly has been promoted on a temporary basis from Under-20s coach and will be assisted by Liam Fox and assistant head coach Austin MacPhee, who is being retained by the club despite Cathro’s departure.

Director of football Craig Levein confirmed Cathro was leaving “with immediate effect” which looked inevitable after the defeat on penalties to Championship side Dunfermline in Saturday’s League Cup tie.

If left Hearts as the only top-flight club eliminated from the competition at the group stage.

A long list of candidates are being linked with the managerial post including Peter Houston, former manager Paulo Sergio, and former players Paul Hartley, Gary Naymith, Steven Pressley and Allan Johnston, the Dunfermline manager. Tommy Wright, the St Johnstone manager, is also a strongly-fancied candidate.

Cathro has been speaking to Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo with whom he worked at Rio Ave and Valencia.

Celtic are in Trondheim for he return leg of their European Champions league qualifier knowing that a score–draw against Rosenborg would be enough to progress.

Leigh Griffiths, who was ruled out of last week’s goalless first leg by suspension, is back in training after recovering from a calf injury which would also have caused him to miss the game.

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