Steven Naismith has urged Hearts to make their managerial appointment count after Craig Levein was dismissed as manager.
The Jambos are currently looking for a new boss and already various names have been linked with the job.
Naismith wants the Gorgie board to take their time when it comes to replacing ‘popular’ Levein.
He told the Daily Record (page 49, 05/11/19): “It’s the time to make the right call and not a quick call. But there are enough experienced boys in there who won’t let the standards drop. We’ll work hard this week.
“Over the course of this season it’s not been good enough. The manager was a popular character with everybody in the squad but there wasn’t enough done to change the results.
“Now going forward some of the boys will see it as a new chance to impress whoever comes in. But we have older boys who won’t let standards drop.”
Naismith must feature more for Hearts under new manager
Naismith’s been limited in what he can offer the Jambos this term. He has made just four appearances with one 46 minute start, scoring one. Injuries have prevented him from being overly influential.
Last season he only made 19 Premiership appearances but still managed ten goals. When fit and firing, the 33-year-old can be a very influential player.
Under the new Hearts manager, Naismith has to get on the pitch regularly. He is the regular goalscorer Hearts don’t have at the moment and his fitness will be paramount to them getting away from the bottom end of the Premiership table.
If Hearts are beaten by St Mirren on Saturday they will slump to the bottom of the league heading into the international break. They have to avoid this and the potential return of Naismith’s firepower should be a boost.