HEARTS have appointed former Raith Rovers and Livingston midfielder Liam Fox as a youth coach.
He will work at Riccarton with the club’s under-17 and under-20 squads and will register as a player next season in case he is needed in under-20 matches.
Fox, 31, is keen to develop as a coach career after 11 years as a professional player with Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Livingston and Raith. Born in Edinburgh, he rejoins Hearts eager to establish his coaching credentials having come through the Tynecastle club’s youth system in his teens.
He will assist Hearts under-20 coach Jack Ross during training sessions each day and will also coach the under-17s three nights a week. Fox will be registered to play but will only be required for under-20 matches at certain times of the season. He will not be part of Robbie Neilson’s first-team squad.
The appointment is another piece in the jigsaw at Riccarton with Hearts looking to set foundations for the future. Director of football Craig Levein is keen to promote coaches from within the club’s academy structure whenever a vacancy arises further up the ladder.
Head coach Neilson and assistant Stevie Crawford will continue coaching the first-team squad. Fox will have the opportunity to watch them in action and implement their ideas at youth academy level alongside Ross.