BBC Scotland pundit Michael Stewart has had a long-running personal feud with Hearts boss Craig Levein – and the hapless pundit managed to get it spectacularly wrong yet again as he tried to take aim at Levein over comments made following the signing of midfielder Loic Damour.
After Levein admitted he was glad to get the midfielder to Tynecastle at the second attempt, Stewart fired up his Twitter machine and pointed out a discrepancy in the dates of Levein taking the reins in Gorgie and Damour signing for previous club Cardiff City.
6th July 2017 – Loic Damour signs for Cardiff
28th Aug 2017 – Craig Levein becomes Hearts manager
10th Aug 2019 – “I’ve like Damour for a while and actually I tried to sign Loic before but couldn’t compete with Cardiff on the wages”
— Michael Stewart (@mstewart_23) August 10, 2019
The only problem for Stewart is that before Levein replaced Ian Cathro in the dugout, he was the director of football at Hearts – a role he still holds today – with responsibility for identifying and securing transfer targets.
Stewart and Levein have long disliked each other – with the Jambos boss once calling Stewart “without doubt, the worst value for money player I have ever had” despite only paying a token sum of £1 per week to loan the midfielder from Manchester United.
After only managing a 0-0 draw with Ross County at Tynecastle yesterday, it likely won’t be long before Stewart will criticise Levein again – although if his track record is anything to go by, he’ll probably complain about Hearts losing 1-0 against County.