Hearts owner Ann Budge says she is aiming to make both manager and sporting director appointments following the sacking of Craig Levein.

Levein, who was also director of football, was relieved of his first-team duties last week. He will not carry on in his director role either, although he will be with the club in a reduced capacity until the end of the season.

Levein is gone. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Budge has said that along with a new manager, she wants a sporting director too, so that the new boss can focus solely on the first-team.

She told the BBC: “I’ll take as long as it takes to find the right person [as manager]. I’m in no hurry. It’s not that we have someone in our sights, despite what some of the media have been saying. I want to go through the process rigorously and thoroughly and explore a lot of avenues. The net will be cast quite wide.


“I’d like to get the sporting director appointment made soon. Any manager who comes in has to come in knowing that there will be a sporting director, possibly in place or certainly to be appointed.

Budge wants two Hearts appointments. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“The complexities around managing all of the parts of the football department are such that I think it’s too much to expect of one man so I want to split the role.”

Budge wants to learn from Hearts’ second Levein era

Budge quite clearly feels like it was too much for Levein to fully thrive in two big roles at Hearts. It’s her aim to make sure that doesn’t happen with the next manager.

Whoever does come in to oversee first-team duties may have less responsibilities as a whole, but they face a great task to try and get the Jambos up the table.

A big push is needed. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Ahead of their match with St Mirren, who are bottom of the league, the Tynecastle side sit in 11th. Defeat to the Buddies will leave them bottom of the league going into the international break.

To avoid being embroiled in a serious relegation scrap, Budge must ensure she picks the right men to lead Hearts’ footballing efforts.

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