Craig Levein and Austin MacPhee have reportedly accepted wage-cuts that are sweeping across Hearts (Daily Record).

Levein was removed from his position as manager and director of football earlier this season as the Jambos embarked on what has been a pretty torrid season.

Craig Levein was removed from first-team duties in the autumn.

Craig Levein was removed from first-team duties in the autumn. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

MacPhee, his assistant, became interim boss but an unsuccessful period in this capacity saw him removed too. Despite this, they both retained paid roles at Tynecastle until the expiry of their contracts in May.

Taking the hit

The Jambos implemented 50% wage decreases acrosss the board in Gorgie earlier this week as the implications of the suspension of Scottish football became very real.

SPFL action is on a hiatus as the world battles a health pandemic. It’s left many clubs in Scotland looking at next to no income for many months and bills still to pay in the meantime.

Owner Ann Budge has made a big call on Gorgie wages. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Hearts have taken drastic action and it’s believed that Levein and MacPhee will accept this hit. Defender Clevid Dikamona has terminated his contract early to free up a wage whilst current manager Daniel Stendel is now working for free.

It is still thought that many first-team players at Hearts are mulling over whether to take this hit or terminate their contracts early as an uncertain financial future surrounds the Gorgie club and many other SPFL outfits.

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