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Which One Will The Fountain Bless
Published : 28 Feb 2013 20:32:48Rss feed
The poisoned chalice that is the Hearts manager's job is available for supping from again. Who will take a sip this time?
St Mirren manager Danny Lennon will not be the only person who will offer a be "very careful" warning to whoever takes over at Scottish League Cup finalists Hearts. John McGlynn and Hearts parted company today after his side were beaten 2-0 by Lennon's men in Paisley on Wednesday night in the SPL. The result meant the Buddies overtook their visitors leaving Hearts second bottom of the league. Lennon thought the former Raith Rovers manager was doing a good job under near impossible financial restraints that had already seen many of Hearts top earners leave the club.He said: "It's disappointing because I don't think John got enough credit for the difficult job he had at Hearts. It's a club that is going through financial strains at this minute in time, but when your club suffers and your results suffer, it is the manager whose head who is on the line. However, I thought he was doing a terrific job. There's a lot of kids that are getting valuable experience and that is only going to set Hearts up for the future. But we've been through this ourselves. Bleeding younger guys in, you are going to get that inconsistency and hit lows."McGlynn is the ninth man to be given the job of managing the Gorgie club on a full-time basis since owner Vladimir Romanov bought them in 2005. But Lennon, whose side will face Hearts again at Hampden on 17 March, is wary about just who will want to be the 10th. Lennon said: "There have been many there before John, prior to him getting the job. I don't like speaking about other clubs but looking at the amount of managers Hearts have been through the past number of years, any future employee has got to be very careful and do their homework first."Saints earned their second League Cup final in four years by beating Celtic in the semis. They now face them again on Saturday hoping to knock them out of the William Hill Scottish Cup. And Lennon is hopeful of his team's quarter-final prospects. He said: "Our performances in my time here against Celtic before that semi-final were not great, never scoring a goal, never mind winning a game. So we know we need to be at our best. A lot of people have written us off already. A lot of people have asked if lightning can strike twice? My answer is why not?"