Gary Mackay: Why I’ve sympathy for Ann Budge in boss search

Hearts owner Ann Budge is set to appoint a new head coach
Hearts owner Ann Budge is set to appoint a new head coach
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As Hearts prepare to – hopefully – end this long and uninspiring search for a new head coach/manager, I have some sympathy for Ann Budge because it looks like the onus is falling almost entirely on her to sort things out.

To me, it doesn’t look she is getting any significant help from anybody else at the club in trying to pinpoint the right man to lead us back on to an upward curve. The whole leadership of the club looks like it’s having to come from her, and I feel sorry for her in that regard because she is still relatively new to professional football.

She implied a few weeks ago that she would look towards appointing an experienced figurehead, which was music to my ears as I said from the moment Ian Cathro left that Hearts needed a safe pair of hands to steady the ship.

The safest pair of hands in Scotland outwith Aberdeen and Celtic is Tommy Wright. With the amount of money that’s been ploughed into the club by supporters over the last few years, I find it very disappointing that we’re seemingly not in a position to at least try and tempt Tommy to Tynecastle.

Considering the scenario we’re in, I find it surprising that it now looks like we’re going to continue with our policy of appointing a young head head coach in Jon Daly. As I’ve written before, I think Jon commands the respect of the players and has generally come across fairly well. The main concern I’d have is that Jon is not an appointment that will significantly improve the mood of many supporters, who feel the current structure is not befitting of a club of Hearts’ stature. There will be a level of scepticism about him, which means that Jon would have to hit the ground running in what would be his first senior job. He strikes me as being a strong character, but it is a very big ask for him to do enough to lift the supporters and banish all the negativity that has been building around the club over the last 18 months or so.

Either way, I hope we can get an appointment sorted out imminently so we can at least have some form of 
stability as we try to establish some consistency and limit the number of disappointing results like Saturday’s defeat at Motherwell.