Neil Warnock ‘wants’ Hearts job with ex-England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson ‘interested’ in sporting director role – The Sun

Neil Warnock ‘wants’ Hearts job with ex-England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson ‘interested’ in sporting director role – The Sun

November 15, 2019

NEIL WARNOCK wants to form an elderly dream team at Hearts by taking the manager job with ex-England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson coming in as sporting director, according to reports.

Warnock, 70, stepped down as Cardiff boss earlier this week but is said to be keen on the vacant Tynecastle post.

If he were to team up with Eriksson then the two men would form a partnership with a combined age of 141.

Eriksson, who has been snubbed by the FA for England's 1,000th game, was last in work for the Philippines national team but left in February.

The Daily Record claim Warnock has been put forward and he is now waiting to hear back from the Scottish Premiership club who sacked Craig Levein last month.

Veteran boss Warnock has previously admitted to liking the idea of taking charge of one of the Edinburgh clubs – to rival Rangers and Celtic.

Speaking in September, he said: "I've always fancied one of them – Hibs and Hearts.

"It appeals to me up there with them being neighbours.

"No disrespect to the big two but I've always been an underdog and I've always thought: 'I wish I could get a club up there and get a team to rival Celtic and Rangers'.

"That's how it used to be. Rangers haven't been the force they were in recent years but I look back at what Aberdeen did all those years ago.

"It was unheard of, wasn't it? It would be nice to get something like that going.

"You'd have to do it on team spirit and togetherness and all that because the money isn't there for Hearts and Hibs to compete with the two Glasgow clubs, really."

Warnock has plenty of experience down south having manged the likes of Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, QPR, Leeds and Huddersfield.

Former Birmingham boss Steve Cotterill is in serious contention and is believed to have held talks with Jambos chief Ann Budge.

He is joined on the short-list by caretaker boss Austin MacPhee, Motherwell gaffer Stephen Robinson, former St Mirren and Sunderland boss Jack Ross, and Jambos record scorer and Caley Thistle manager John Robertson.

Graham Alexander and Dougie Freedman have also been linked to the vacancy with Ian Holloway declaring an interest.

Hearts are toiling in ninth in the Premiership, but don’t play again until a trip to Kilmarnock on November 23 due to the international break.

However Budge is now anxious to press ahead with the search for a new manager.

The club are also on the search for a sporting director and it's believed Eriksson would be interested in the position.

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