Kenny Dalglish has highlighted the impact Austin MacPhee has made since being named as interim Hearts boss and believes he could make himself a Jambos contender.
MacPhee has watched over two games, with one defeat and one win, as Hearts continue to search for Craig Levein’s replacement.
Dalglish believes though they have a potential replacement already at Tynecastle and that MacPhee deserves credit for his ‘impressive’ interim work.
He wrote in the Sunday Post (The Match, page 9, 17/11/19): “Austin MacPhee is in interim charge and he will also get a chance to stake his claim.
“After the 5-2 victory and performance against St Mirren last weekend, if he follows it up with more of the same kind of flowing, attacking football, and three points, against Kilmarnock next week, then he may will emerge as the main contender.
“MacPhee clearly wants the job and he has cut an impressive figure, both inside the technical area and with the clear messages he sends to the supporters at his media conferences. His presence allows Hearts the time they need to make the right appointment.”
MacPhee has the backing of Dalglish for Hearts berth
The current interim boss has been linked with both the manager and sporting director roles at Tynecastle. Dalglish is certainly backing him to become manager if he can prove himself.
The appointment of MacPhee though would perhaps be a polarising one with fans. He has been part of two failed regimes at Tynecastle and the 40-year-old would take time to win some Jambos round.
Whoever is in charge has a big job ahead of them. Europe has to be the aim for a club like Hearts, but they currently find themselves in ninth, although they are only three points off the top six with a game to spare.
He’s got the time to prove himself, it’s just a case of whether MacPhee can display enough to convince the Hearts board to elect him as boss.