Billy Brown is all Hearts, says Gary Locke

Double act: Gary Locke and Billy Brown
Double act: Gary Locke and Billy Brown
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Gary Locke has expressed his gratitude to Billy Brown after Hearts’ assistant manager agreed to work unpaid in order to remain with the club.

With cash reserves running out, Brown was informed by administrators BDO earlier this week that they could not afford to renew his month-to-month contract. However, the No.2, who initially returned to Hearts on a voluntary basis last summer before being given a short-term deal until January, was eager to stay on and help Locke see out the remainder of the campaign.

“Billy is back working for nothing, which is a mark of the man and what he’s done for the club,” said the Hearts manager.

“The club is more important than any individual and what he’s shown for it, the fact that he’s going to work until the end of the season for nothing, is fantastic for me and for Hearts.”

Meanwhile, Danny Wilson will miss two games following his dismissal against Aberdeen in midweek. The captain automatically sits out today’s trip to Partick Thistle as a result of being sent off, while he will also miss the home game against Ross County in a fortnight’s time after the two yellow cards which led to his ordering off took him through the six-booking threshold for the season and triggered an additional one-game ban.

Hearts will be relegated today if they fail to beat Partick or if St Mirren avoid defeat at home to Motherwell.