How Hearts can take inspiration from Hibs – Angus Robertson

After Jack Ross helps Hibs hit a run of form, Angus Robertson hopes that new manager Daniel Stendel will be able to do the same for Hearts.

Tuesday, 10th December 2019, 11:40 am
Daniel Stendel takes over at Hearts later this week. Picture: AFP/Getty

It’s taken a while to appoint a new manager, but like other Hearts fans I’ve got my fingers crossed that Daniel Stendel can help restore success to the Tynecastle side.

The German-born manager starts later this week, which can’t come quickly enough, after yet another disappointing weekend result. Stendel was apparently the number one Hearts target, which is understandable given his record taking over Barnsley after their relegation to English League One and steering them straight back to the Championship. He cut his teeth with a professional record as a striker playing for Hamburger SV, Hannover 96 and FC St Pauli before managing the then Bundesliga side Hannover 96 in 2017 and Barnsley in 2018.

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With Hearts currently sitting joint bottom of the Scottish Premier League, the options are pretty stark – get the team to perform as it should and turn the season around or it’s the unthinkable. Ironically inspiration for Hearts can come from Hibs, who have shown how to bounce back from rock bottom to now sit in the top six. The 3-0 weekend victory against Aberdeen at Easter Road was a huge boost especially as it was the team’s first win against Aberdeen in seven attempts. More importantly however, it was third victory in five for new coach Jack Ross.

Hopefully, Daniel Stendel can emulate that with Hearts. So from one half-German Hearts fan to Hearts’ new German manager – Willkommen in Edinburg. Viel Glück und viel Erfolg.