Fans takeover ‘can take Hearts back to roots’

Hearts manager Gary Locke. Pic: Neil Hanna
Hearts manager Gary Locke. Pic: Neil Hanna
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GARY LOCKE believes a fans’ takeover at Tynecastle would take Hearts back to their roots following the Lithuanian era.

The manager is eager for the Foundation of Hearts’ Creditors Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) to be accepted next week because he feels his club have always been a pivotal part of the local Edinburgh community.

The Vladimir Romanov era featured an influx of foreign players, particularly from Lithuania, although in the last two years Hearts have relied mainly on Scottish youngsters from their own youth academy. Community programmes to engage with the public have always been endorsed by the club, and Locke believes having the Foundation in charge would allow fans to feel more of an identity with those running Hearts.

The Tynecastle support have been praying for a positive outcome since Hearts entered administration in June. Next Friday, meetings of creditors and shareholders will take place to determine whether the Foundation’s CVA will be accepted. If so, the process of exiting administration can begin.

“Hearts have always been a community club,” said Locke today. “Even from my time as a player here, through Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian, West Lothian, Hearts are a pivotal part of a lot of people’s lives.

“If we can get new owners in, we can get back to being the football club that everybody seemed to like. I haven’t had too many chats with the Foundation, to be honest, but I know that the people who want to take over are Hearts-minded. They want to run the club properly and get it back to where it should be. As the manager, that’s all you can ask for. I just want to get back to normal and stop talking about stuff off the pitch.”