Former Rangers winger Neil McCann is top of a list of candidates to replace Daniel Stendel as Hearts boss, according to a report.

The Daily Record claims that the former Rangers star is Ann Budge’s preferred option to replace the German if she can’t convince Stendel to return to Gorgie.

25th August 2018, McDiarmid Park, Perth, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, St Johnstone versus Dundee; Dundee manager Neil McCann

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McCann was interviewed by the Jambos last year after Craig Levein’s sacking but was passed over in favour of Stendel.

Budge confirmed that talks with Stendel were still ongoing but had previously revealed that Hearts’ relegation had left Stendel out of contract.


“I have been speaking to Daniel about the future and what will work for Daniel and for us,” Budge said.

“These conversations are ongoing.

“The bottom line is that Daniel feels that things are unfinished for him. He came here to do a job but didn’t get the chance to do what he hoped, so from that perspective he is certainly driven to see things through.

“We do have a lot to sort out. A lot of it will be financial and there has to be the understanding that it is a different scenario from when we negotiated originally.”

Stendel wants to finish the job he started at Tynecastle and wants to help them return to the Premiership but insists it is down to Budge whether he returns.

“I said to Ann I want to finish my work at Hearts,” Stendel said.

“I told her I want to build up a new team and help them to get back to the Premiership.

“The decision is for Ann and for the club. At the moment, I have no answers. I do not have a contract in the Championship.

14th July 2018, Forthbank Stadium, Stirling, Scotland; Scottish League Cup football, Group D, Stirling Albion versus Dundee; Dundee manager Neil McCann happy with their result Rangers

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“In the end, I think it’s a question of what Ann and the club want. This is my feeling. If the club and Ann want to work with me, they can say ‘yes’. If not, they can say ‘no’.”

McCann’s last job in management was at Dundee but was sacked in October 2018 with the Dens Park side bottom of the Scottish Premiership.

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