Interim Hearts manager Austin MacPhee has spoken out amid uncertainty over his position ahead of the weekend clash against Rangers, as quoted by BBC Sport.
The Jambos are set to travel to Ibrox for a 3pm kick-off on Sunday as Ann Budge’s quest to appoint a permanent boss rumbles on in the background.
It’s been reported that the owner has held talks with former Hannover and Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel this week [BBC Sport], but MacPhee says he believes he will still be in the post come Sunday.
“I speak to Ann every day and I think on Sunday I will definitely be in charge of the team,” said MacPhee, as quoted by BBC Sport.
He also reiterated his will to remain involved in some capacity at Tynecastle, whoever is appointed on a permanent basis.
“I’ve said from day one Hearts are a fantastic club and it’s one I want to take forward and Mrs Budge will make the decision where, if anywhere, I fit in.”
“I’m preparing the team well for Sunday and putting on a good performance at Ibrox is obviously a key task I’ve been asked to do just now.”
The use of ‘think’ and ‘definitely’ in the same sentence suggests that MacPhee might not be quite as sure about his short-term future as he’s letting on.
Yet, with time pressing on, it seems increasingly unlikely that a new figure will be at the helm in time for this game.
Since Craig Levein was relieved of his duties earlier this month, Hearts have beaten St Mirren 5-2 at home but lost 3-0 to the Gers in the League Cup semi-final and 3-0 away at Killie last weekend.