Hearts manager Daniel Stendel is refusing to entertain the idea of the club being relegated.

The German’s side are currently rock-bottom of the Premiership and are four points adrift of Hamilton in the play-off place.

It’s been a disappointing campaign for the Jambos, who appointed Stendel five weeks after sacking Craig Levein in October, but the 45-year-old is positive despite the bleak picture.

Stendel will fight to the bitter end (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

He said (Edinburgh Evening News): “I know and you know we need success. Being only a nice guy is not enough. I was successful at every club I worked.

“This was my first time and a difficult time in this job for me. I want to win this fight, not only for the club but also for myself. I am a fighter all the time, as a player and a coach, and I cannot believe that we cannot win this.

“The last few weeks showed that things have improved, but not enough. You can say this situation was coming over the last few years but it doesn’t matter.

“We have the mandate to keep Hearts up. I don’t know what will happen in the next few weeks or few months.”

It’s been a season of struggle at Tynecastle (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The Jambos had shown signs of improvement shortly before football was suspended in Scotland due to Covid-19, but they did lose their last game 1-0 to St Mirren which was a major blow.

It remains to be seen if Hearts will actually have the chance to navigate their way to safety, with the 2019/20 season currently in some jeopardy.

Owner Ann Budge has stated she will seek legal action if the season ends and current standings are taken as final (meaning Hearts would go down), but it is thought the preference of the governing bodies is for the campaign to be completed.

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