Craig Levein backed by Hearts owner Ann Budge despite poor start

Hearts owner Ann Budge claims the club’s board has granted their backing to manager Craig Levein despite a poor start to the year.
Hearts now sit bottom of this Scottish Premiership having picked up two points from their opening five matches of the year.
Last weekend’s 3-2 home defeat to Motherwell was followed by fan protests with some fans for Levein’s sacking calling, outside Tynecastle.
Budge posted a lengthy statement on the club website criticising“unfair“ policy of Levein and dismissing claims which the club have been lining up a replacement.
„[…] In summary, our Board stays behind the manager, his coaching staff and his team,“ Budge said.
„Not because he’s’untouchable‘, not since he is’all-powerful‘, and not because we are’weak‘, as has been suggested.
„We remain behind him since we think in the strategy we have jointly put together.
„What we don’t do is overreact, throw all our plans from the window and begin again!
„[…] I’d just point out , contrary to other supervisors, who might get called before the plank if/when items are going wrong, Craig has to introduce to the entire board at each board meeting on how things are moving against [the] strategy across all areas of the football performance, such as highlighting topics and discussing courses of action.“

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