Former Hearts striker Kyle Lafferty reckons that if Austin MacPhee manages to deliver a League Cup final, he could win himself the Jambos job.
Hearts are currently without a boss following Craig Levein’s departure and MacPhee is in temporary charge. It’ll be a baptism of fire for him when he leads Hearts against Rangers in the League Cup semi-final today.
Lafferty worked with MacPhee whilst he was at Tynecastle and the former Jambo is adamant that his former colleague can take the club forward.
He told the Daily Record (page 74, 03/11/19): “With Austin taking charge, the Hearts players will probably step it up a gear. He’s very likeable in the dressing room with all the lads so he’ll get them up for it.
“It won’t faze Austin going in as interim manager. In a football sense, he was brilliant for me because he got me to Hearts – he took a massive risk by forcing that deal through. I’d like to think I repaid him with my goals.
“I’m pleased he’s getting the opportunity. With him in charge, they’ll probably have a better chance of getting a result. If they do, who knows – maybe he’ll get the job full time.”
Lafferty clearly backs temporary Hearts boss MacPhee
As a former player who has witnessed how MacPhee works and operates, Lafferty will know better than most whether the temporary boss can take Hearts forward.
There’s no denying though that a Hampden win today could tip the scales in his favour. Nobody is expecting Hearts to come away with anything but defeat.
MacPhee will likely not be judged on this game if the Jambos are knocked out, but if they win, it’ll be big. Not only will it give the club a lift, it’ll give his reputation as a boss a lift.
It’s a big ask though but MacPhee certainly has the backing of one of his former players.