HEARTS manager Gary Locke stressed today he has no intention of quitting the club despite their current troubles.
A 19-point deficit at the bottom of the Scottish Premiership leaves Hearts facing relegation with an inexperienced and threadbare squad. The club will also remain in administration until spring time at the earliest.
Locke received public backing from administrators BDO earlier this week and insisted walking away from Tynecastle has not crossed his mind.
“Not at all. I love my job and I love working for Heart of Midlothian. That won’t change,” he said. “It has certainly been difficult but, for me, it is a great honour.
“I am a positive person and, although this was never going to be easy with the current predicament of the club, it is all about making sure the club comes out of a difficult period and making sure that over the next couple of years the club gets back to where it should be.”
Locke added that he would happily stay as Hearts manager if the club are relegated to the Championship. “Of course, I love it here,” he continued. “We are going through a difficult period and for everyone – myself, the players, the staff, the fans – it has been a difficult season, there’s no doubt about that.
“I think it is important that we remember that the most important thing is that the club is still here and the club survives. If the club survives then that is an achievement in itself, then we can look to rebuild.”
Locke’s contract expires at the end of the season but there have been no talks on his future, with Foundation of Hearts waiting to take control at Tynecastle.
“The club is still in administration and there is nothing that can be done off the pitch in terms of the new owners coming in. At the moment, the players are in the same situation – we have a lot out of contract in the summer and they are getting to the stage where they want to know about their future. Unfortunately, with the predicament we are in, we can’t really sort any of that out.”