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HEARTS GET THEIR DAN – AND TAKE SWIPE AT ROSS

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HEARTS have finally appointed Daniel Stendel as Craig Levein’s successor – and followed up with a cheeky swipe at Hibs gaffer Jack Ross.

The German coach agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract to take over as boss at Tynecastle after being sacked by Championship side Barnsley in October.

The statement includes a sentence highlighting that Stendel led his former Yorkshire side to a second-place finish in English League One ahead of Sunderland, who were then managed by the recently-appointed Easter Road chief.

It read: “Heart of Midlothian Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Daniel Stendel as its new First Team Manager.

“The 45-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal and will take up his new post on Tuesday, December 10th.

“German-born Daniel made a name for himself in his playing days as a striker in his homeland, featuring for clubs such as Hamburger SV, Hannover 96 and FC St Pauli.

“It was at Hannover where he would cut his managerial teeth in April 2016 after a spell coaching the U19 side.

“A little over two years later he arrived on British soil to take over at then League One side Barnsley.

TOUCHLINE ROLE…Austin MacPhee in charge for the first time as Hearts lose 3-0 to Steven Gerrard’s Rangers at the start of last month.

“Having been relegated prior to his arrival, Daniel immediately turned round their fortunes, leading the Oakwell outfit to a second-placed finish ahead of Jack Ross’ Sunderland, and securing promotion back to the Championship at the first time of asking. He left them in October of this year.

“While it has taken some time for this process to reach its conclusion we firmly believe that Daniel is the right man to take the club forward.

“With our number one target now on board and his future pledged to Hearts, everyone at Tynecastle Park welcomes Daniel and hopes his appointment heralds an exciting new era for the Club as, together, we look to climb back up the Ladbrokes Premiership table.”

Austin MacPhee took over in interim charge and the team lost his first game 3-0 to Rangers in the Betfred League Cup semi-final.

They crashed a couple of weeks ago 5-0 at Ibrox and he signed off the caretaker duties with a 1-0 defeat from Motherwell at Fir Park yesterday.

The Gorgie side are third bottom of the top flight with only 12 points, above Hamilton Accies and St Johnstone on goal difference.

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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