Who should be the next Hearts manager?

Written by Andrew Southwick.

JOHN McGlynn has left Tynecastle by mutual consent, leaving Hearts looking for yet another new manager.
 
The Jambos have gone through many men since Vladimir Romanov took over, and with his departure likely in the summer the feeling was he had made his last managerial appointment.
 
However with McGlynn leaving weeks before the Jam Tarts bid to win their first League Cup in 50 years, the search for a new boss begins again.
 
It is fair to say Hearts fans rarely see their first choice appointed, with a strange array of managers given the post in recent years. Can any non-Jambo list the names given the job under Romanov without a trip to wikipedia?
 
This list is: George Burley, John McGlynn (caretaker), Graham Rix, Valdas Ivanauskas, Eduard Malofeyev (caretaker), Riabovas Eugenijus (advisor for two games), Valdas Ivanauskas (again), Anatoly Korobochka (caretaker), Angel Chervenkov, Stephen Frail, Csaba Laszlo, Jim Jefferies, Paulo Sergio and John McGlynn.
 
So we can probably expect a surprise appointment when the new man is unveiled, or will the fact it will most likely be Director of Football John Murray who makes the appointment mean a more familiar name gets the post? Predicting who that new man is likely to be could be an impossible job anyway, but here The Away End bravely give it a bash with a run down of possible favourites.
 
Paul Hartley
 
Given a Gorgie Knighthood in 2006 after his hat-trick helped demolish Hibs 4-0 in the Scottish Cup semi-final, Sir Paul Hartley is the man it seems most Jambos want in the dugout.
 
Cutting his teeth in management at Alloa, he won promotion from Division Three in his first season, and looks set to lead them into the play-offs at least this season.
 
Pros: Hearts legend. His managerial style has been highly praised. Has Alloa playing good football and winning games. Can work on a budget which the new boss will have to do.
 
Cons: Managing in the 2nd and 3rd division is a lot different from managing in the SPL, and although his playing experience was second to none, he doesn't have anywhere near the same experience in the dugout. With Romanov still at the club it's questionable whether Hartley will work under him - he opted to sign for Aberdeen instead of returning to Tynecastle in 2010.
 
Allan Johnston
 
Another ex-Jambo, famed for scoring a hat-trick at Ibrox, while also being in the Hearts side that were Scottish Cup runners-up in 2006. Has been player-manager at Queen of the South since May 2012, and has the Doonhamers romping Division Two, well clear of Hartley's Alloa.
 
Under Johnston, Queen of the South have an 83% win rate, having failed to win just six games, with only three of them defeats.
 
Johnston also took the scalp of Rangers at Ibrox earlier in the season, and his side face a Ramsden Cup final against Partick Thistle in April.
 
Pros: Excellent record so far at Queen of the South, and an ex-Jambo.
 
Cons: Again lacks experience of managing on a bigger stage, and most Hearts fans would probably like to see how he does in the first division before giving him an SPL job. 
 
Colin Cameron
 
Another ex-Hearts man, and a Scottish Cup winner in 1998. Cameron has been player-manager at Cowdenbeath since June 2011. He led to the Blue Brazil to the Division Two title in his first season,  and is so far keeping his men out of the relegation zone.
 
Pros: Already a winner at Tynecastle as a player, and has done well in a tough job at Cowdenbeath.
 
Cons: Again lacks experience of managing at the top level.  
 
Stephen Pressley
 
Was Hearts captain when they won the cup in 2006, but since then has put a lot of noses out of joint with his chest thumping antics while at Celtic.
 
Isn't a man to be pushed around, which could see some fierce meetings between him and Romanov. 
 
Was in the frame for the Dundee United job recently but lost out to Jackie McNamara. Hearts fans like to see themselves as a bigger club than the Arabs, and won't take kindly to appointing their cast-offs. The fact Pressley doesn't have Falkirk challenging for the first division title alongside Morton and Partick Thistle doesn't bode well for him either.
 
Pros: Knows the club, and having clashed with Romanov before when part of the "Riccarton Three" he certainly wouldn't be a puppet. Also encourages his teams to play attractive attacking football.
 
Cons: Unlikely to be forgiven by Romanov, or even any Hearts fans for badge thumping at Tynecastle when with Celtic. Hasn't done enough at Falkirk to suggest he's due a bigger job.
 
Allan Moore
 
A year ago his name being put forward for any SPL job would have been laughable, but Moore could be managing in the SPL next season anyway - either at Morton or having bagged a bigger move.
 
Currently top of Division One, his stock has never been higher.
 
Pros: Doing a terrific job at Cappielow on a budget, and may be seen as a cheap option by the cash strapped Tynecastle club.
 
Cons: Hearts fans are likely to demand a bigger name, and his appointment would be seen as too similar to John McGlynn who struggled with the move from Raith Rovers to Hearts.
 
Craig Levein
 
The ex-Scotland boss is out of work after failing to win any of his opening four games in the World Cup qualifiers. Although not a success at Hampden, he is one of the better SPL managers from the last decade. He took Hearts to two successive third place finishes - no mean feat when you consider how often sides outside the Old Firm manage consistent top three finishes.
 
He is also credited with building the Dundee United team that went on to win the 2010 Scottish Cup.
 
Pros: Plenty of managerial experience, both in the SPL and at Hearts. Club management suits him more than the international arena.
 
Cons: Many Hearts fans would have been part of the Tartan Army looking to get rid of Levein, and won't be welcoming him with open arms to Edinburgh. It is also unlikely Levein will want to stay in Scotland for too long and is likely looking to England for his next job.
 
Kenny Shiels
 
The whimsical Kilmarnock boss has raised many a laugh since taking over at Rugby Park. His record though is unquestionable.
 
Having already bagged a League Cup, he could lead Kilmarnock into Europe this season; either through the league or the Scottish Cup.
 
Encourages attacking football and has never been scared to have a go against bigger teams which has seen his men take the scalps of the Old Firm at Parkhead, Ibrox and Hampden.
 
Pros: Has got Killie ticking and gets results, while also entertaining the fans. Shows no fear in big games.
 
Cons: Again, you can't see Romanov being too happy having a manager who won't be scared to criticise him in public. His bust-up with fans favourite Paulo Sergio and his constant pops at the club for things such as the loan deals for Ngoo & Wilson.
 
Derek Adams
 
One of the worst kept secrets in Scottish football appears to be that Adams will be heading to Aberdeen in the summer, but could Hearts skip in ahead of the Dons and take him for themselves?
 
Despite having won Division One in a canter last season, it was expected the Dingwall side would simply be fighting relegation this season.
 
However, with the league so tight, County have kept in touch with the rest and are now eyeing up a European spot.
 
Adams also has credentials for leading the club to a cup final, defeating Celtic at Hampden on the way, and it is unsurprising that Aberdeen are rumoured to be interested.
 
Pros: Has County outperforming clubs with much bigger funds. 
 
Cons: Had a short spell at Hibs that might put some fans off him. May have already been swayed by interest from Pittodrie.
 
 
 
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