The Hearts owner Ann Budge was determined to replace Cathro with an experienced figurehead and, after speaking to Steven Pressley, Paul Hartley and Billy Davies, she has gone for 52-year-old Levein. His director of football position is likely to be made redundant as part of the reshuffle.
Jon Daly, the club’s Under-20 coach, had been interim head coach since Cathro’s exit. He took charge for the first four matches of the Premiership campaign against Celtic, Kilmarnock, Rangers and Motherwell. After two defeats, a win and a draw, he now reverts back to his youth role.
The change of title takes Levein back into a job he occupied for four years between 2000 and 2004. As Hearts manager, he guided them to successive third-place finishes in Scotland’s top flight in 2003 and 2004, and took them into the UEFA Cup group stages.
The 52-year-old left for Leicester City in October 2004 and later managed Dundee United and Scotland. Budge appointed him director of football when she took charge at Tynecastle in May 2014.
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The first game of his second spell in charge of Hearts will be on Septmber 9, when Hearts host Aberdeen at Murrayfield.