A little over three-and-a-half years after leaving Hearts to join MK Dons, Robbie Neilson was confirmed as the club’s new head coach on Sunday replacing Daniel Stendel. During the intertwining period plenty has happened.
Neilson has been down to England, back up and led Dundee United into the Premiership. For Hearts it has been a story of regression. When he left the club sat second in the top-flight. Three-and-a-half seasons and three managers later, the club find themselves staring at least a campaign in the Championship.
Click and scroll through to remember the key moments from Neilson’s previous time in charge at Hearts.
1. Robbie Neilson appointed
The new look Hearts set-up and structure is put in place with Craig Levein installed as director of football and Robbie Neilson as head coach, taking over from Gary Locke following relegation to the Championship.
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2. Gomis signing
The Senegalese midfielder became the first signing under Robbie Neilson as he sought to put a team together to challenge for the Championship title. Hearts required players with experience to supplement their talented youngsters.
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3. Sow beats Rangers
Hearts lay down an early marker in what appears to be a competitive Championship by winning at Rangers on the opening weekend. More than that, it was achieved with a late Osman Sow winner after the Ibrox side had equalised. It was followed by a win over Hibs at Tynecastle the following week.
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4. Ozturk’s stunner
Having already beaten Hibs earlier in the campaign, Hearts’ 10 game unbeaten run was coming to an end at Easter Road. Step forward Alim Oturk, which he literally did from defence to smash in an incredible stoppage-time equaliser. The normally calm Robbie Neilson went tonto on the sidelines.
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