NEW Hearts boss Daniel Stendel admitted it’s not easy to lure new players to Tynecastle with the Edinburgh outfit at the bottom of the Premiership.

The 45-year-old German coach urgently requires fresh faces in this transfer window, but revealed he is encountering problems in his quest to strengthen his squad.

The side picked up their first point under the new gaffer following the 1-1 draw with Aberdeen at the weekend.

Stendel wants to give his pool a shake-up with players heading out and others coming in and the former Barnsley manager, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I have some ideas, but, in the end, it’s not always my decision.

“Our club has to decide, the other club has to decide, money decides and the player himself has to decide to come.

“I hope I can convince someone to come and join this club.

“If you don’t know Scottish football and the league, and you just look at the table, it’s not so easy to be convinced.

“You try telling someone to come to the team at the bottom of the league – but explain that we’re so much better than that. It’s difficult. But I will do it.

“The goal at the moment is to stabilise our team and to win games.

“We talk a bit about going higher in the table, but, after my first five games, we just need to get some wins.

“Then we can look in the summer for new things. At the moment, we need things to help us immediately – and turn things around over the next four months.”

Stendel was recruited as Craig Levein’s long-term successor after the former Scotland boss was sacked following a dreadful start to the campaign

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