Recently appointed Hearts sporting director Joe Savage has disclosed what his duties are going to be at Tynecastle. He has revealed that his role will encompass a lot more than what he did at Preston, where he was head of recruitment.

Savage took the job at Hearts because he would have more responsibilities than he had at Preston, which is what he was looking to do.

“I’m hoping I can develop further into the role and show I’m not just about recruitment, I have a bigger skill set than that” he said (Edinburgh Evening News)

“Going to be involved”

“I am going to be involved in the academy, I am going to be involved in the women’s side, recruitment, analysis and with the medical and performance departments” Savage revealed.

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Hearts manager Robbie Neilson will be working closely with Joe Savage (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

That is different from a director of football role, for example. But then Savage’s title is sporting director, and not head of football operations. Still, you would expect Savage to play a part in Hearts’ January transfer dealings. After all, he has the experience of doing that at Preston.

Start of a new era

There has been a lot of changes at Hearts in the past 12 months, but the appointment of Savage seems like the start of a new era. He and Neilson’s first job in the next few months will be to ensure that Hearts win promotion back to the Premiership.

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Hearts’ aim for this season is to win promotion back to the Premiership (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Perhaps some signings identified by Savage can help aid Neilson and Hearts in their goal to win the Championship and return to the Premiership. With Savage at the helm, these could be exciting times for Hearts.

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