Billy Brown in Hearts dugout for Inverness semi

Billy Brown now has a little more time in the Hearts dugout. Pic: SNS
Billy Brown now has a little more time in the Hearts dugout. Pic: SNS
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Hearts assistant manager Billy Brown will be in the Hearts dugout for their League Cup semi-final against Inverness on Sunday, February 2, despite his contract expiring on January 31.

Brown was told last week that his deal at Tynecastle would not be renewed as the administration-hit club look to cut costs further and that last Saturday’s 3-3 draw with St Johnstone would be his last in the Hearts technical area. However, joint-administrator Bryan Jackson revealed after the match that Brown would stay until the end of the month and, in a further development, Brown will now be allowed to assist Hearts manager Gary Locke on the day of the semi-final at Easter Road, even though he technically won’t be under contract.

The Evening News understands that Jackson, managing director David Southern and director of football John Murray all agreed that it would be unwise to prohibit Brown from the dugout, with a number of players having already praised the work Brown has done so far at the club, who currently lie 21 points adrift at the foot of the SPFL Premiership.