Tom STEVEN was appointed as manager of Tynecastle at the end of last year and was given the remit of ensuring that the club kept their place in the Central Taxis Premier Division.
When Steven and his brother Shaun took over, Tynecastle were languishing in bottom spot with only five points to their credit but some shrewd management skills – honed at Cowdenbeath and Edinburgh City – saw the Fernieside club easily maintain their top-flight status. Steven has been busy in the transfer market during the summer and has attracted two new goalkeepers, Graham McDonald and Jamie Newman along with Ross Weir, Neil Dewar, Gavin Pettigrew, Daryl Burdett and Jamie Devlin.
“We did well in pre-season with wins against Penicuik Athletic and Dunbar United,” said Steven. “That form has continued into our East of Scotland Qualifying League Cup ties where we have beaten Gala Fairydean 6-2, Duns 4-1 and drawn 2-2 with Edinburgh City. We were well ahead of Gala and Duns and I felt we were the better team against City and created the better chances.
“It will take some freak results for us not to qualify for the quarter-finals and we go into tomorrow’s game away to Burntisland Shipyard with confidence.
“What I will say is that if we want to be successful then we will have to concede less goals because at the moment we are asking a lot of our offensive players.
“I am told that Burntisland play the ball back to front in a very direct fashion and they are dangerous at set-plays.
“We will have to adjust accordingly as we have been playing lots of passes but that is not always achievable.”