22 June 2020 06:35
Hearts have reappointed Robbie Neilson as manager after agreeing a compensation deal with Dundee United. The 40-year-old, who was previously in charge at Tynecastle between 2014 and 2016, rejoins the Jambos on a three-year contract, replacing Daniel Stendel. "You don't turn down the chance to come to a club like Hearts and I'm absolutely delighted to be coming back," he told Hearts' website. Neilson guided Dundee United to the Ladbrokes Championship title last season in a campaign curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic. He will return to the Scottish second tier with Hearts after they finished bottom of the Premiership and were relegated.
The former defender, who spent nine years as a Hearts player and also had a spell in charge of MK Dons, added: "I had some great experiences here, both as a player and manager, and I'm keen to pick up where I left off. Robbie Neilson replaces Daniel Stendel, pictured, at Tynecastle (Jane Barlow/PA) Sign up to FREE email alerts from EdinburghLive - Hearts FC Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Hearts fans have been reacting to news that Robbie Neilson is back for a second spell as boss. It emerged this evening that the Dundee United manager had entered discussions with the Tynecastle club. According to a reports United initially refused Hearts' request to speak to their boss. However their position changed when Neilson made it clear he wanted to open talks with his former side.
They posted: "Fancy bringing Shankland with you Robbie?" And Kevin Fallon commented: "Happy with that. He tweeted: "One of the best managers we have had in my lifetime, and always said hello with a smile when I worked at Tynecastle." Perth to Paisley added: "Top s***housery lads! Welcome home Robbie." To receive one WhatsApp message a day with the top Hearts stories of the day, as well as breaking news alerts, text HEARTS to 07899068921. Neilson, who has signed a three-year deal in Gorgie, told the Hearts website: "You don't turn down the chance to come to a club like Hearts and I'm absolutely delighted to be coming back. Dundee United have confirmed that manager Robbie Neilson has left the club to rejoin his former side Hearts. The Tangerines had initially rejected a move by the Jam Tarts to speak to their head coach but at Neilson's insistence they relented and the "contractual termination clause" came into play. Compensation was agreed between the two teams and Neilson will now be back at Tynecastle after previously being in charge of the Gorgie side. United chairman Mark Ogren said: "Although we are understandably disappointed, we at Dundee United Football Club are bigger than one person and we will continue to work towards our long-term plan with our staff and players and, of course, our loyal supporters. "Robbie played a huge role in our journey so far, however, we now look towards the future, with a new leader and renewed hope for our fans." Tannadice sporting director Tony Asghar added: "I can confirm that I was called today by (Hearts owner) Ann Budge seeking permission to speak with Robbie Neilson to become Hearts' new head coach. "This was turned down, however, after lengthy discussions with Robbie he made it clear he wished to speak with them. As a result of this, the contractual termination clause has been met and Robbie will leave the club. "As head coach, he led the team to a play-off final before achieving promotion with a Championship title this season and I would like to thank him for his contribution. "Gordon Forest and Lee McCulloch will continue leading our pre-season preparations ahead of the Scottish Premiership restart and we will look to appoint a new head coach as soon as possible." Speaking to the Hearts website after the move was rubber-stamped, Neilson declared: "You don't turn down the chance to come to a club like Hearts and I'm absolutely delighted to be coming back. "I had some great experiences here, both as a player and manager, and I'm keen to pick up where I left off. "Everyone knows there is a really good squad at Hearts and I'm excited to begin working with the players and staff. "Finally, I'd like to say thank you to Dundee United for the opportunity they gave me two years ago. I hope the United fans feel that together we managed to restore the club back to where it belongs."