Craig Levein has said he will consider walking away from his managerial position at Hearts once he gets them in the top four.
The Jambos boss is under serious pressure following a woeful run of form. His side are without a league win since March and currently sit bottom of the league.
Fans gathered outside Tynecastle last week to protest against his reign. Now the man himself has said he’ll only consider throwing in the towel once he meets his aspirations.
He told the Sunday Post (22/09/19, page 8): “My reason for coming back to the manager’s job was to try to get everything calm and moving forward again. I felt at the time we were under a wee bit of pressure and wanted to get the club back on a solid footing.
“I wanted to get us into the top four of the table on a regular basis. And then I would consider what to do after that. But we’ve not managed to do that yet, so I’ve still got some work to do.
“Stepping back after that is a possibility, but not one I’d like to talk too much about right now.”
Levein wants to exit Hearts on a high
Whatever your opinion on Levein may be, you have to applaud his perseverance. With the sheer amount of fan and media pressure on him, many would’ve crumbled under the weight of it all.
Instead, he is determined to come out of this situation with a positive outcome. Time is very much against him though to make that a reality. Fans are disgruntled after Levein’s failure to make it happen over the last two terms.
The demonstration outside Tynecastle last week showed what many fans are feeling. It’s not just a minority of supporters anymore, it’s most of the support.
Levein will be hurt by this but he only wants the best for the club. Whilst he’s determined to get them into Europe, surely he’ll know when he can’t take this Hearts side any further?
Whatever his feelings are, it seems as though Europe is the aim. Given that they are currently nine points off that mark, Levein has work to do to make that a reality.