St Mirren 1 - 1 Hearts

Match info: Scottish Premier at St Mirren Park

Date: 10/05/2014 KO: 12:15 Ref: Att: 6,311

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

St Mirren

Conor Newton 28

1
vs
1

Hearts

Dale Carrick 48

FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: May 10 2014, 16:30 BST

Post-match reaction to the 1-1 draw between St Mirren and Hearts.

Danny Lennon and Gary Locke say hello
Danny Lennon and Gary Locke say hello

Danny Lennon believes he deserves another crack at managing St Mirren - and claims the Buddies board will be taking a gamble if they replace him.

The 45-year-old saw his side draw 1-1 with Hearts at home in their final-day fixture as they missed they chance to land seventh place in the Scottish Premiership - a feat that would have been their highest top-flight finish in 25 years.

Saints chairman Stewart Gilmour and his directors will now meet early next week to discuss whether to hand an out-of-contract Lennon a fresh deal.

But the signs are not good and Press Association Sport understands his four-year reign will not last the month.

"It's out of my hands," said Lennon, who has now twice led the club to eighth-place as well as last year's League Cup triumph. "I can only do what I've done in four years at this football club. The facts are there to be seen. Whether that is good enough for the board remains to be seen.

"They know how hard I work on a daily basis but it is now in their hands to offer me an opportunity to build on the foundations we have put in place.

"Or they go out there and gamble with a new face."

The former Cowdenbeath boss insists that if he is dismissed, he can leave with his head held high, saying: "No doubt, no doubt. I've had a fantastic four years and I'd love to go beyond that and I believe that we have the ability.

"I am my own biggest critic and I am first to admit I've made mistakes along the way and it is learning from those mistakes. From the first day I came in here four years ago I'm certainly a better man for that.

"With that learning curve I would certainly love the opportunity to take them to next level and our ambition is the top six."

For the already-relegated Hearts, the Paisley clash brought the curtain down on their 31-year stay in the Premiership.

And like Lennon, Jambos boss Gary Locke is still waiting to hear if he will be in charge next season.

Chairwoman-in-waiting Ann Budge has now completed her deal to take over the administration-hit Gorgie side and will officially assume control on Monday.

But Locke, whose deal also expires at the end of the month, has done his best to show he is the man to lead Hearts into the Championship.

They fought back from Conor Newton's 27th minute opener - netted after Jamie MacDonald had spilled Kenny McLean's low strike - to level 90 seconds after the break.

Much like the Buddies' opener, the visitors benefited when Chris Dilo spilled Jamie Walker's strike at the feet of Dale Carrick who slotted home the leveller.

That means the Tynecastle side would have at least had a play-off to save themselves from demotion had they not forfeited 15 points for breaching insolvency rules.

But, as things stand, Locke now has to hope Budge sees the merits of his efforts with a youthful squad.

"We'll meet Ann early in the week and we'll see what happens," said the manager.

"Whether I'm due another chance is for the new owner and other people to decide.

"Ann will have her plans in place and know what she wants to do. Once I hear what she has to stay we'll take things on from there.

"I wouldn't rule anything out. We'll have a clearer picture next week.

"The most important thing this season was the survival of Heart of Midlothian. That's the case now and we've got a fantastic future ahead of us."