Stevie Crawford to be new Hearts assistant boss

Stevie Crawford. Pic Lisa McPhillips
Stevie Crawford. Pic Lisa McPhillips
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HEARTS will appoint Stevie Crawford as their new assistant coach after agreeing a deal to release him from Falkirk.

Head coach Robbie Neilson sees Crawford as a key part of his backroom team having been impressed with his methods while coaching at the Falkirk Stadium.

Crawford is due to start work at Riccarton next month after leaving his job as Falkirk’s assistant manager. The 40-year-old was previously player/manager at East Fife but has spent the last three years as assistant at Falkirk. He has earned a reputation as a modern coach who is keen to develop young players.

“I’m delighted that Stevie is going to come onboard as my assistant,” Neilson told the Hearts website. “I know him well as we’ve worked together at Falkirk, attended SFA coaching courses together and, of course, played against each other.

“He’ll assist with developing the players and he’s got a great track record of producing talented young players at Falkirk. He’s an international striker who’s had a great career in the game. In the last six or seven years, he’s been focusing more and more on the coaching side of things.

“I know that he’ll be a big benefit to the club. He’s got a great wealth of knowledge and the boys will learn from him, especially the attacking players. I’m certain that he’ll be a big benefit to the football academy as all the coaches, myself included, look to work closely together with all age groups.”