Hearts doing the right things to survive

Written by Matthew Harold.

PATIENCE is a great thing to have; unfortunately many Hearts fans seem to have run out of it. Whether it be the fact that Vladimir Romanov is no longer at Tynecastle for them to vent their frustrations, they have decided to take it out on manager John McGlynn.

The former Raith Rovers boss has had to work with his hands tied behind his back, his legs tied and a blindfold on. Of the starting line-up at Hampden on May 19th 2012, six have left the club, two are long-term injured, leaving just Jamie MacDonald, Andy Webster and Darren Barr as survivors.

McGlynn has made plenty of mistakes so far this season, but there is something that matters more than wins and losses, more than 4-5-1 and 4-4-2, and that’s the survival of the football club, which is reaching critical mass at the moment.
With the collapse of owner Vladimir Romanov’s bank, Ukio Bankas and his subsequential fleeing to Moscow, Hearts are the last thing on his mind, as he seemed to have mortgaged Tynecastle in order to keep his struggling bank afloat.

These next few weeks will be probably the most critical time in the history of Heart of Midlothian, as with the Ukio Bankas administrator Adomas Audickas looking to recover some of the money lost by the collapse, the stadium is now up for sale.

And unfortunately for the support, everything seems to be as clear as mud, with the club trotting out Sergejus Fedotovas for the Comical Ali style ‘There’s nothing to see here’ speech, while the Foundation of Hearts are acting similar to the way the club did at the end of last year, wanting to raid the fans pockets.

Hearts supporters over the last year have been blackmailed at every turn, whether it be the share issue, which at first was claimed would be used to help a funding gap, then £450,000 was used to pay off a tax bill.

Then the Foundation of Hearts, who claim to be a group of local business people who want pledges from Hearts fans, yet haven’t been able to come up with anywhere near the money themselves to purchase the club then start the process towards fan ownership.

Ultimately it looks like if the club is to survive for the near future it will remain in the hand of foreign ownership, but the main thing that needs to happen is that the stadium is secured as quick as possible by the best possible owners so that Hearts can come off the canvas.

Getting to the end of the season is something the club needs to do and as such taking the £400,000 right now from Rangers for Lee Wallace is the right thing to do, because unfortunately it looks like bottom six football will be what Hearts will be playing after the split, and with Celtic and Hibernian likely in the top six this move makes sense.

That’s because the club will miss one on a home fixture against both clubs, which are the biggest revenue fixtures of the season and therefore the financial gap has to be filled and that is what the club has done in this instance.

Missing on the top six and losing out on that financial boost is included with those two games probably means that McGlynn will not be in charge of the side next season, as his tactical faults have put the club in a financial mire.

So if the club is in a better situation next season, then it will probably be a fresh start for the club, with McGlynn out of the door and the abundance of candidates with Hearts connections available. Whether it be Steven Pressley, Paul Hartley, Alan Johnston, John Robertson or Allan Moore, it is almost certain there will be a change of management.

And with a new start hopefully the club can get back into the European places and we can look forward to many years of Heart of Midlothian Football Club.   

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