Michael Stewart has continued his long-running criticism of Hearts and the club’s hierarchy.
The former Jambo has been a vocal critic of manager Craig Levein and his management of the Gorgie side, with Stewart making countless statements in the past about how the Edinburgh club operates.
In his latest argument, Stewart says that because of Ann Budge’s decision to stick with Levein, the club are toiling.
He told BBC Sportsound: “When I say Craig Levein has complete control of the club it’s because there is nobody in the board who is going to question him.
“Ann Budge did a big interview at the start of the season and said ‘I see him on a one-to-one basis and I’ll question things: ‘Are you serious?
“Is this really what we’re doing?’ But while I question it he’s always able to explain the bigger picture. It’s about who is training best, maybe someone is going through something that means he wasn’t playing in the right manner.
“It’s the bigger things that supporters don’t know, there are reasons why he plays who he plays in each game. As a board, I believe they are bewitched by what Craig Levein is telling them.”
Stewart makes some big Hearts claims
All of this is a matter of opinion of course, but Stewart clearly feels that there is something very wrong at Hearts.
He is constantly calling the club out and never minces his words. This time, his criticism is geared towards the Hearts board and Ann Budge.
Who knows whether Levein is actually controlling the board, but one thing is for sure, and that’s the results on the park have to change quickly.
32 points since October 28 last year simply isn’t acceptable. With a tough run of league games coming up that include a home match against Rangers plus away trips to Livingston and St Johnstone, things aren’t getting easier for the Jambos.
Whether there are other factors in play is anybody’s guess.