Steven Naismith says he isn’t paying too much attention to speculation surrounding Hearts’ manager vacancy, insisting he’ll sit and hope Ann Budge makes the right call.

The Jambos are conducting a lengthy search for Craig Levein’s successor following his sacking five weeks ago. Plenty of names have been linked with the post.

Levein left in October. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

For Naismith, all he can do as a player in his opinion is believe in Budge’s ability to make the correct call.

“When you are younger and one name pops up, you think that’s it, it is happening, but over the years, you obviously learn that there’s a lot of chat before you get to the final decision,” Naismith told the BBC.

“Consistently, Ann has said to us that she would rather make the right choice than just have a quick fix. She’s having this process and you just hope, when it comes to the end, it is the right choice.”

Stendel is one name heavily linked

Plenty of names have been mentioned with relation to the Jambos job, but one man seems to be at an advanced stage according to recent reports.

Stendel could be the man for Hearts. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Former Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel is locked in talks with the Tynecastle club reportedly (Edinburgh Evening News). Discussions have took place between Hearts and Stendel at some stage earlier this week.

Naismith for the meantime will be focused on helping Hearts’ efforts on the park. They head to Rangers this weekend in ninth place, with only goal difference keeping them off the Premiership basement.

You would like to think Naismith will be working with a new manager at Hearts in the coming weeks.

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