Former fox back in the hot seat, new challenge in exciting return
DATE: 06.09.2017 - THE CUNNING FOX - NEWSDESK
Former City manager
Craig Levein is back in the hot seat at Hearts. This will be his 2nd
round as a manager for the Edinburgh based club. He will also stay
on as Director of Football
The football tour of Levein is one to admire. He
has done the full circle in management after
taking charge for the 2nd time, spending four years in charge
earlier from 2000 to 2004. Hearts finished from 3rd to 5th in the
SPL during Levein's previous seasons in charge.
Levein returned to Hearts in 2014 taking up the role as director of
football, and enjoyed his time, before he know returns to the
manager seat 13 years after leaving the job for the Leicester City
He has in between been at Raith Rovers, Dundee United and three
years as head coach of Scotland. The time at Leicester was not one
to be too proud of flirting with relegation before getting sacked
and Rob Kelly being the one taking over.
A bit simular to Claudio Ranieri, who also was replaced by his
assistant. Rob Kelly lasted one season, he is now at Fleetwood as an
assistant manager and working alongside Uwe Rossler.
Levein is expected to be able to bring Hearts back in contention for
a place in Europe. The club is currently eight in the SPL with four
points, but as such an early stage in the season, it could be
possible to get into the top of the league with a relatively good
group of players.
Christoph Berra has returned to Hearts this season after a long
period in England with Wolves and Ipswich. Berra was this week on
duty for Scotland and one of the internationals in the squad. He is
happy to see Levein in charge, believing him to bring back "old
Levein was fond of his former Hearts players, while in charge at
City, bringing in the likes of Mark De Vries, Alan Maybury, Alex
Kisnorbo, Joe Hamill all signed from the Edinburgh club.
Levein signed a number of players while at Leicester. Two of them,
Iain Hume and Matty Fryatt both became fans favourites while at the
club. Especially Fryatt made his mark and was a key player during
the first period of Nigel Pearson, and later following him to Hull
Levein had good intentions during his time with Leicester, had
limited funds to buy players from and came in after a time of great
difficulties and restructions. He later showed at Dundee United that
he had great abillity as a manager and was appointed Scotland boss.
As a player he was all of his professional career with Hearts, being
one of their real legends, spending 14 years at Tynecastle, playing
326 league games and scoring 15 goals. Levein has also 16 caps for
Scotland, being part of the 1990 World Cup squad in Italy.
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