Scottish side Hearts appoint John McGlynn as new manager



By Adam Higgins
Chief Scotland Correspondent



McGlynn has had two spells as caretaker boss at the Edinburgh club after the departures of John Robertson and George Burley in 2005


Hearts have announced the return to the club of John McGlynn as manager with the 50-year old signing a one-year contract.

The former Hearts assistant boss joins the Tynecastle outfit after a six-year spell at Raith Rovers and has been in talks with the Scottish Premier League club for several weeks.

A club statement from the official website read: "We are delighted to announce the arrival of John McGlynn as manager of Heart of Midlothian FC. Understandably the post attracted interest from around the globe and the quality of the applications made it a difficult decision. John's track record, though, in developing young players is outstanding and one of the key criteria for the appointment was an ability to successfully integrate youngsters into a senior squad which can compete competitively at the top end of the table. He also knows the club intimately having previously spent 10 years as a coach here and we are confident he can take the club forward and build on the success of last season's William Hill Scottish Cup triumph."

But McGlynn had impressed with his ability to develop young players.  

He succeeds Paulo Sergio, who rejected the offer of a reduced contract after leading his side to a 5-1 victory in the Scottish Cup final against Edinburgh rivals Hibernian in May.

Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov last season began the process of reducing the wage bill at Tynecastle, saying it could no longer rely on him investing further in the club. Romanov wants the club to concentrate on its youth system and, in announcing the arrival of McGlynn, the Hearts website highlighted the new manager's role in developing a number of future Scotland internationals during his previous spell at the club.

McGlynn, who becomes Hearts' 10th manager since Lithuania-based businessman Romanov's 2005 takeover, joined Hearts in 1996. He had two spells as caretaker manager in 2005 before assisting Valdas Ivanauskas as they won the Scottish Cup the following year.

McGlynn left Tynecastle in November 2006 to take up the manager's post at Stark's Park and led Raith Rovers to the Second Division championship in 2009. The following year, he led the Fife side to their first Scottish Cup semi-final appearance for nearly 50 years, losing to eventual winners Dundee United. He guided the club into the Scottish Premier League in 2009.

In season 2010-11, McGlynn was named PFA Scotland Manager of the Year after his side just missed out on promotion to the SPL, but they slipped to seventh last season.

Hearts previously confirmed that first-team coach Gary Locke would remain following Sergio's departure and would be part of the new coaching set-up.  


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