The search for a new head coach at Hearts took another twist yesterday, with the news that Billy Davies had followed Dougie Freedman and Steve McClaren in withdrawing from the race and that interim head coach Jon Daly will be in charge for Saturday’s trip to Motherwell.
Davies released a statement saying that the club were not willing to change its “structure”, while Freedman has taken up a sporting director role at Crystal Palace and McClaren has joined Maccabi Tel Aviv as a consultant.
There’s a wide spectrum of views on Davies, Daly, chairwoman Ann Budge and director of football Craig Levein as we enter the 22nd day of Hearts’ hunt for a new boss.
Here’s a selection of comments on Facebook and Twitter on the situation:
“He knew he wasn’t getting the job so he withdraws and makes statements like that” – Alan Stirling on Facebook
“Billy Davies knew the gig before he applied for the job now he wants to change it all!” – Titch Ramage on Twitter
“Levein is the issue here. No one of any experience is going to work under him. So accept that, have young untried coaches or tell him to go” – Andy Cunningham on Facebook
“Daly shouldn’t even be in the running after she came out and categorically promised the fans that no internal promotion would be made and experience would be the way to go rather than another experiment” – Ann Waddell on Facebook
“Are people for real favouring Billy Davies over Levein?” – Lewis McKenzie on Facebook
“This whole process had been an embarrassment for the club, three weeks to make a decision has been a really poor show. So indecisive” – Derek Wilson on Twitter
“Billy Davies has had issues at previous clubs because of his demands. I think the club is right to not bow to the demands of a guy who has been out of work for several years now” – Andrew Swinton on Facebook
“Surely most Jambos must feel they’ve dodged a bullet with Billy Davies ‘withdrawing’? He leaves a trail of destruction everywhere he goes” – Darren Massey on Twitter
“We played pretty well with Robbie working under Levein so I’d rather give it another go than listen to a manager whose been out of work himself for a few years, and knows little about the club” – Steven Blyth on Facebook
“Mixed emotions. He’s clearly not the manager we want but also speaking a lot of the fans’ thoughts” – Jamie Donoghue on Facebook
“Daly’s no done anything wrong. I have no problem with this. If he gets a win he needs serious consideration for the job.” Stefan Barr on Facebook