Hearts managing director David Southern is to leave the club at the end of this month to take over a new role as general manager at Dundee United.
Southern joined the Tynecastle club as communications director nine years ago, and then became marketing and promotions director.
He has been managing director for the past four years, a period in which Hearts had to endure some turbulent off-field times towards the end of Vladimir Romanov’s ownership before they entered then emerged from administration.
“I feel very privileged to have worked at Heart of Midlothian Football Club,” said Southern. “I have enjoyed some of the greatest days in the club’s history and also been engaged in some of the most challenging. I have memories that will last a lifetime. Now that the club is safe and the revival is well under way, I feel my work here is complete.”
Meanwhile, Hearts have sold 8000 season tickets for the new campaign. Season-ticket holders from last term have until July 13 to renew their seat.