Robbie Neilson was today named SPFL Championship Manager of the Month after a scintillating start to his Hearts tenure.
The 34-year-old head coach enjoyed a 100 per cent record of four wins from four games in August, guiding his club to the top of the league and earning him recognition from SPFL officials.
The Manager of the Month award was due to be presented to Neilson at Riccarton before this morning’s training session. He was a surprise appointment by Hearts to replace Gary Locke in May, but his first managerial job has begun with league victories over Rangers, Hibs, Raith Rovers and Falkirk as Hearts have scored 12 goals in total and conceded three.
He has made 11 new signings, including experienced figures like midfielders Morgaro Gomis and Prince Buaben, plus previously unknown Swedish striker Osman Sow. Those reinforced a young Hearts squad following relegation from Scotland’s Premiership last season. The end of a year-long administration process offered a chance to rebuild and Neilson has conducted business astutely on and off the field.
He explained in yesterday’s Evening News how he was delighted with the progress made but also cautioned that a first defeat would be a test of his players’ character. Hearts head to Dumbarton on Saturday hoping to maintain their perfect league record as domestic football resumes after the international break.