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Hearts fail to lift themselves in League Cup semi after Craig Levein sacked in the week

Hearts fail to lift themselves in League Cup semi after Craig Levein sacked in the week

A club statement on Thursday said: "The Board of Directors of Heart of Midlothian Football Club has today taken the decision to relieve Craig Levein of his first-team managerial duties.

"The board would like to thank Craig for all of his efforts as first-team manager.

"Craig has worked tirelessly and selflessly, around the clock, to try to achieve success, despite the many challenges with which he has been faced.

"Craig will not return to his previous director of football role and, that being so, will step down from the board.

"He will, however, see out his contract, which runs until the end of the season, working closely with the executive management team in continuing to develop and improve the structure of the backroom and youth operations within the development.
"We are confident that his knowledge and experience will contribute massively to ensuring that, come the end of the season, he will leave the football department in a healthy and thriving state.

"Effective immediately, Austin MacPhee will be in charge of first-team affairs, on an interim basis, while the board begins the process of recruiting a new manager.

"The new manager, and indeed the interim manager, will report directly to the chief executive."

The Jambos were however beaten 3-0 by Rangers at Hampden on Sunday in the League Cup semi-final - a result that sets up an 'Old Firm' final after Celtic beat Hibs on Saturday. Rangers ran out easy winners and Hearts will now look to improve their league form that has seen just one win all season.

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