Points More Important Than Wages
Hearts are more concerned about the delay in picking up another three points than the delay in picking up their salaries
John McGlynn is ignoring the delay in getting paid and focussing on getting three points against Dundee United tomorrow. Hearts manager McGlynn along with another member of staff and six players received their monthly salaries late this week as the issue resurfaced following four significant delays last season. The former Raith manager will be leading his side to Tannadice after five SPL games without a win. Their recent record against United is not great with the Tynecastle side losing five and drawn one of their last six meetings, their last win coming in February 2011, while the Edinburgh club's most recent triumph at Tannadice was a 1-0 win two years earlier. McGlynn said: "It's a privilege to be the manager of Hearts Football Club, even under these circumstances. I'm still very, very optimistic and enjoying the job, frustrated because I feel we deserve more points than we have. But that's not unusual in football. You get these runs when you don't get the run of the ball and it turns. We're hoping it will turn on Saturday. There's no better time to go up there and break that record. I've not been involved in the last three years, I've been involved in this one. I still believe we're playing well; I still have loads of belief in the players that we have here." Hearts started the season with a 2-0 win over St Johnstone, before drawing with Hibs, Inverness and Aberdeen followed by losing against Dundee and St Mirren. McGlynn went on: "We've shot ourselves in the foot in a couple of games. Inverness, Dundee were games when we should've picked up more points. Last week (at St Mirren), we played good football, passed the ball well and created chances. We just need that ball to go in the back of the net and get on a run. With games coming thick and fast that can turn around quickly. If we win on Saturday we go above Dundee United, if we beat Livingston, we're into the quarter-final of the league cup and then we have Kilmarnock the following week." McGlynn's desire for three points will be hampered by being unable to call on influential defender Andy Webster. The Scotland international, who captained Dundee United's Scottish Cup win in 2010, is "extremely doubtful" with a back/hip injury. Arvydas Novikovas has been a peripheral figure since moving to Hearts in September 2008, but has been granted a chance by McGlynn. The Lithuanian insisted the squad had not talked about the delay in wages but more on the need to improve their performances. Novikovas said: "We're not talking about wages. We need to get the win. We'll do our best. We haven't won there for three years. I need to start scoring goals or do something good for the team, start to be a regular player. Every player wants to score. I'm an attacking player - (Andrew) Driver, me, (John) Sutton, we must score."
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