Steven Pressley has blasted Christophe Berra after the former Wolves star’s decision to leave Hearts at the end of the season.
The 36-year-old will now play until he’s 38 at Raith Rovers after signing a two-year pre-contract deal in Fife, having featured for Hearts over a combined 11 years while also playing over 150 times for Wolves. Pressley is unhappy with his former teammate’s decision.
While the Jambos are coasting towards the Scottish Championship title, there are calls for manager Robbie Neilson to go after frustrating performances culminated in a Scottish Cup exit to Highland League Brora Rangers. The former Wolves man is leaving Hearts and his captaincy role in the summer and Pressley believes it shows no ‘leadership.’
He said (BBC): “I look again just there at the weekend. Craig (Levein) made comments on the back of the Queen of the South game on Christophe Berra. Somebody that I really like, I have a lot of respect for, but he’s the captain of that football club.
“Craig, you were disappointed by his lack of leadership, I was even more disappointed by the lack of leadership he showed on the back of that. At a time where Hearts needed to batten down the hatches, he took the easy option.
“He’s had to show strength, take the flack that was coming, understand the situation, and move forward alongside his manager. He didn’t, he took the easy option, and I see that far too often at Heart of Midlothian Football Club.
“I don’t see (Joe) Savage (sporting director) come out and support the manager, I don’t see any of these things. I’m beating the table here because I’m passionate about this. I’m passionate about that football club and it lacks steel, it lacks leadership.”
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