Ross and Robin­son in frame to re­place Levein

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT -

For­mer Sun­der­land boss Jack Ross and Mother­well’s Stephen Robin­son were among the early con­tenders to re­place Craig Levein at Hearts.

Levein was sacked yes­ter­day – a day af­ter the club was beaten 1-0 by St John­stone to leave them second bot­tom of the Scot­tish Premier­ship.

Robin­son has guided the Steel­men to two fi­nals dur­ing his time in charge, while Ross pre­vi­ously had a coach­ing role at Tynecas­tle be­fore go­ing on to man­age St Mir­ren and the Black Cats.

Ross was sacked by Sun­der­land last month with the club ly­ing sixth in English League One.

Owner Ann Budge, who dou­bles up as chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive, in­stalled Levein as direc­tor of foot­ball when she took con­trol in May 2014 in lieu of a fans’ takeover.

The for­mer Dundee United man­ager was in­stru­men­tal in the ap­point­ment of Rob­bie Neil­son and Ian Cathro as the new regime’s first two head coaches, and re­turned to the Hearts dugout af­ter the lat­ter was sacked in Au­gust 2017, days be­fore the Premier­ship sea­son kicked off.

Hearts have since fin­ished sixth twice, with a fly­ing start to last sea­son un­der­mined by a string of in­juries.

Levein has also been hit by a num­ber of fit­ness blows this sea­son and a sum­mer re­cruit­ment drive to strengthen the depth of the squad has failed to com­pen­sate for the loss of play­ers like Steven Nai­smith, John Sout­tar and Jamie Walker. Hearts have a record of one win in 11 league matches.

“Robin­son has guided the Steel­men to two fi­nals”

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