Levein to lead Hearts shake-up

  • Last Updated: May 12 2014, 14:39 BST

Craig Levein and Robbie Neilson are to head a new Hearts management set-up after Gary Locke was among the victims of a ruthless start to the reign of new owner Ann Budge.

Levein to lead Hearts shake-up

Budge and Levein spent the morning delivering news to a number of coaches and players, with Locke and assistant Billy Brown being told their contracts will not be renewed.

Budge later confirmed Levein had been appointed director of football with Neilson promoted to first-team coach, in a lengthy statement which declared she had inherited a "broken" company lacking a long-term vision.

She also announced that a number of fans' favourites would be leaving amid reports that experienced trio Jamie Hamill, Ryan Stevenson and Jamie MacDonald had all been released.