Billy Brown signs new Hearts contract

Hearts manager Gary Locke with assistant Billy Brown.   Picture: Ian Rutherford
Hearts manager Gary Locke with assistant Billy Brown. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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HEARTS announced today that Billy Brown has penned a short-term deal that will see him remain as assistant manager at the club until January.

Brown returned to Tynecastle during the summer after the club entered administration and offered to work for free as Hearts couldn’t afford to pay someone to fill the position.

He has proved a vital support to young manager Gary Locke in his voluntary role and the club are now in a financial position to secure the 62-year-old’s services for the next few months at least.

The former Bradford, Kilmarnock and Hibs assistant is now in his third spell at Hearts after previously working in the same role under Jim Jefferies between 1995-2000 and then again from 2010 until 2011.

Locke is delighted to finally tie up his No. 2 on a proper contract and says that Brown’s contacts and experience of the Scottish game are crucial to the Tynecastle side.

“I am over the moon,” said Locke. “I have the utmost respect and admiration for Billy and to have him as a shoulder to lean on is a huge help.

“He knows everything there is to know about the Scottish game and to have someone of his enormous experience here is a boost.”

Brown insisted that he is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead this season, including trying to overturn the 15-point deduction that was served on the club by Scottish football’s governing bodies as a result of their financial woes.

“I didn’t enjoy being out of the game and came here with the intentions of helping Gary and the club as much as I could.

“We have the whole season to keep chipping away at the teams above us. The young players have done exceptionally well and will only get better – but it is not going to be an easy task.”