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Brown linked with Hearts again

Fulham International scout and former Scotland boss Craig Brown has been linked again to Hearts in Scotland.

Brown believes Billy Davies would be the ideal candidate to step into the managerial hot seat at Tynecastle.

The Preston North End manager has been linked with a move to Tynecastle in the summer, ahead of Valdas Ivanauskas.

Brown, for one, believes that Davies is one of the most promising young coaches in the business and would be a good ambassador for the club, saying: “Billy would be a wonderful manager for Hearts. He has got every attribute, he’s superb in every respect.

“He has complete football knowledge, terrific enthusiasm and is marvellous on the training ground.”

Brown is believed to have thrown his hat into the ring to become Hearts’ new director of football following the sacking of Jim Duffy from that position two months ago.

However the former Scotland coach, currently working in a part-time advisory role with Fulham, would only add: “That is all hypothetical. I would be happy to work with Billy Davies again.”

Brown linked to Livingston

Livingston have narrowed the search for Paul Lambert’s successor down to half a dozen names and expect to have their new man in place for Saturday’s visit to Kilmarnock.

Craig Brown, the former Scotland manager who is now working with Fulham, is reported to have expressed interest in the vacant post

Others linked to the vacancy are John Robertson, the former Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Hearts manager, Bobby Williamson and Gordon Chisholm, the sacked Dundee United manager.

The Almondvale club are eager to appoint a successor as soon as possible with every point critical between now and the end of the

“We had a board meeting today and came up with a shortlist from more than 20 applications. Over the next two or three days we will pick somebody and we hope to have them in place for the game on Saturday,” confirmed Pearse Flynn, the club’s chairman.

Brown linked with Hearts job

Fulham international scout Craig Brown is refusing to rule himself out of the running for the vacant director of football role at Hearts.

Responding to rumours around Edinburgh that he would be interested, Brown told BBC Sport: “I’ve not said anything to anyone about this.

“And I’d rather not get involved in saying yes or no.”

Former Scotland manager Brown was at Somerset Park to watch Ayr United defeat Raith Rovers in Division Two on Tuesday evening.

The former Clyde and Preston North End manager has been scouting for Fulham after joining the English Premiership outfit during the summer as their international representative.

Hearts appointed Graham Rix as head coach this month saying that they hoped to add a director of football to their staff within two weeks.

But majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov has been silent since, with speculation linking the Edinburgh club with the likes of former England bosses Sir Bobby Robson, Terry Venables and Kevin Keegan so far coming to nothing.

There have even been suggestions that Rix could remain in sole charge until the end of the season.

Romanov had initially appointed Rix saying that the former Portsmouth and Oxford United manager would only be responsible for team selection and training.

A director of football would supervise player signings.

Brown to become Fulham director of football


Scotland boss Craig Brown is on the verge of a return to football with Fulham.

Brown has turned down the chance to manage Australian side Perth Glory as he expects to take up employment with the Premiership club next month.

His new job title has yet to be confirmed, although it’s understood Brown’s brief will be similar to a director of football.

He will work closely with manager Chris Coleman and his Scottish assistant Steve Kean, a graduate of the SFA’s coaching academy at Largs.

The 61-year-old was sacked by Preston at the start of the season and has been desperate to get back into football for some time.

Brown was one of three people interviewed by Perth Glory for their vacant managerial post and was contacted last week by chairman Nick Tana to say he’d got the job.

But much to the disappointment of the Aussies, who then turned to former Liverpool midfielder Steve McMahon, Brown told them he’d received a better offer to work with a Premiership club.