FORMER Hearts coach Jon Daly has hit out at new manager Daniel Stendel.

The Tynecastle gaffer is on record as saying Andy Kirk is “the only one I trust” from Craig Levein’s coaching staff.

Caretaker Austin MacPhee and coaches Daly and Liam Fox were quickly removed from first-team involvement following the arrival of the German, who was sacked by Barnsley in October.

Daly, speaking to BBC Scotland, said: “Anyone who knows me knows that I am one of the most trustworthy people in football.

“I’ve had a five-minute conversation with Daniel Stendel and, from that five-minute conversation, Daniel Stendel has come out and said he can’t trust anyone at Hearts. That, for me, is embarrassing.”

Daly also thought Stendel had handled badly the decision to tell club captain Christophe Berra to find a new club.

The defender, as well as axed Republic of Ireland veteran midfielder Glenn Whelan, have both been critical of Stendel’s handling of their futures at the club.

Daly added: “The whole situation should have been handled totally different. It puts the players on edge, They think – if he can treat Christophe Berra like that, I could be next.”

Stendel has now brought in Jorge Sievers from Hannover 96 as his assistant.

His side are without win in his five games in charge and sit five points adrift at the bottom of the Premiership.



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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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