Scotland manager Craig Levein speaks out over Jefferies sacking


At the press conference to announce the squad for next week’s international friendly against Denmark, national coach Craig Levein spoke out about the recent events at his old stomping ground in Gorgie.

He said: “Another manager losing his job; I think we all should be certified insane for doing this job.

“It’s a shame, I think Jim’s a great manager and he brought a level of stability back to Hearts and I think it is
extremely difficult to provide success without stability.

Levein, who was a Hearts player in 1980-90s and was manager from 2000-2004, just before Vladimir Romanov took charge at Tynecastle, added: “I don’t own a football club, I don’t make the decisions at Hearts, but as I say it’s a disappointment for me that we’ve lost another good manager after a short period and didn’t have enough time to put his ideas into practise.”

“Players are more durable than anybody else. Managers come and go as you know; they [players]just get on with it. For some people it’ll be a good thing if they haven’t been starting under Jim but that’s just the nature of the beast.

“It’s unfortunate at times and I feel we wonder where we’re going with this whole would we just be advertising for temps rather than permanent managers.”


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