Locke happy with Hearts legacy

Gary Locke admits he can walk away from Tynecastle with his head held high following his dismissal last Monday.

Last Updated: 16/05/14 at 11:22 Post Comment

Gary Locke: Future bright for the Jambos

Gary Locke: Future bright for the Jambos

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Locke, named Premiership Manager of the Month for April despite the club's relegation to the Championship, believes the legacy he has left behind will serve the club well for years to come.

New owner Ann Budge chose to replace Locke, and his No 2 Billy Brown, with a management team of Robbie Neilson and Craig Levein, but Locke shows no animosity to his former Hearts team mates.

Speaking to Sky Sports News the 38-year-old, who captained Hearts to Scottish Cup glory in 1998, said: "It was tough, but that's football and we have to move on.

"My chapter at Hearts is over and I have to try and look elsewhere. I am hoping to get back into football as soon as possible, although I realise that will be difficult."

Locke, who refused to speak about Neilson and Levein, drafted in a number of promising youngsters last season after Hearts were hit with a transfer embargo and a 15-point deduction for entering administration.

Forward trio Sam Nicholson, Billy King and Dale Carrick, plus defensive duo Callum Paterson and Jordan McGhee gave notice of fine futures at the highest level and Locke is hopeful his former club will bounce back at the first attempt next season.

"We have had to do a lot of groundwork with these boys but I certainly think next season they will be a lot better for what they have experienced and I wish them all the best," he added.

"You can see by the results towards the end of the season that that is the reason we have been given this award. People have certainly noticed that we have done a reasonable job."

Locke and his backroom staff were recognised after they amassed 10 points from three games during the month, three more than Celtic, St Mirren and St Johnstone, with Aberdeen next best on six.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

his is all good fun, but anyone who thinks United are 4th best in England for anything more than a blip is properly f***ing mental. And Domenech is properly f***ing mental.

megabrow (cufc)
Schneiderlin must join United - Domenech

I

f the answer is Matt Phillips, the question should never be Who is one of your major transfer targets?

jelasfirsttouch
The Twosome Gossip

I

s this Chris Smalling playing the 'Race' card?

hump3.
Smalling wants United race

Footer 365

Barcelona sign Arda Turan from Atletico Madrid

Barcelona have announced a deal to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan.

Koeman: Utd Schneiderlin bid 'not serious'

Ronald Koeman says Southampton are yet to hear back from Manchester United since rejecting a bid for Morgan Schneiderlin that "wasn't serious".

Benzema facing uncertain future at Real

Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez is reportedly planning to play Cristiano Ronaldo as a lone striker in a move which could sideline Karim Benzema.

Mail Box

Van Persie: Really Expensive Wallpaper

He was bought to cover the cracks that nearly brought down the house, says one Man United fan. We also have mails on Brendan, the WWC, Aguero and...

Farewell Robin, You Were Wonderful

One Mailer looks back fondly at Robin van Persie's time at Old Trafford as he nears the exit. Plus Turkish delights, being inspired, David Ospina, handballs & decisions...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company