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Nov 4, 2019, 4:06:00 PM

David Moyes not heading to Edinburgh

The former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes has said that he has no interest in taking over as boss at either Hearts or Hibernian.

Both Edinburgh clubs are currently looking for new managers after the sacking of Craig Levein and Paul Heckingbottom in recent days, but speaking to the BBC, Moyes, who hasn’t managed since a spell at West Ham United in 2018, said that he wouldn’t be applying for either of those jobs.

Moyes said that he may come back to management someday, but just not at the moment, and neither job would be of any interest to him. 

However, he added that “Scotland is my love and Glasgow is where I’m from”.

The former Hibs manager Alan Stubbs, who in 2016 guided the club to claim their first Scottish Cup win in over 100 years in 2016, said that he would be interested in returning.

Stubbs was last in the post as a manager at St Mirren and before that was the manager of Rotherham United, and speaking to the media, he said that he had left Hibs too soon, adding that it was sad to see both Edinburgh clubs in their current state.

On Monday, the Hearts owner Ann Budge said that she was not in a rush to find a new manager to replace Levein, while Hibernian put out a statement saying that they would be commenting on the head coach situation and the search for a replacement for Heckingbottom soon.

Levein had taken over at Hearts in the summer of 2017, while Heckingbottom had been at Hibernian since February this year, and both clubs had a relatively successful season in 2018-19.

Hibs finished fifth in the Premiership and reached the quarter-finals of both cup competitions, while Hearts finished sixth and made it to the final of the Scottish Cup and the semi-finals of the League Cup.

However, the current campaign has been a disastrous one so far for the teams from the nation’s capital, and both find themselves among the favourites for relegation with sports betting companies.

 Hearts are 11th in the league table, level on points with bottom club St Mirren, while Hibs are one point and one place better off but haven’t won a Premiership game since their opener on 3rd August.

Words: Man Ngo

Images: PA