Temporary Hearts boss Austin MacPhee has apologised to Craig Levein after poor Jambo form lead to the 55-year-old’s sacking.
Following a two year stint Levein has been given his marching orders by Ann Budge. The Tynecastle club sit 11th in the Premiership.
Ahead of a big League Cup semi-final with Rangers, MacPhee has apologised to the man he has assisted for two years, insisting that he and the players also haven’t been good enough.
He told the Daily Record (page 61, 02/11/19): “Were there any apologies this morning to Craig? Yes. From me for a start. I said to Craig, I don’t think I’ve been much good to him for anything other than getting him Snow Patrol tickets.
“The players obviously feel guilty and every one of us looks at how we could have better supported him. And, of course, I have to share that responsibility. Everyone has to feel a bit of guilt about it but we have to channel that into the reaction we want on Sunday.”
Hearts and MacPhee can make it up to Levein
He may just have been dismissed by the club, but make no mistake, Levein loves Hearts and will be hoping that MacPhee manages to secure success at Hampden.
It’s up the temporary boss and the players to pull together now in the hope of delivering a cup shock. Not many people are expecting them to beat Rangers, but it would be one hell of an upset if they do.
This would be the perfect way to repay Levein somewhat after he lost his job. MacPhee will be hoping for a reaction from the players after some of their performances lead to the manager’s sacking.
Levein would no doubt love to see Hearts in another cup final and it’s up to the players and their temporary boss to deliver that now.