The Robbie Neilson Hearts void only he can now fill as boss backed to secure swift Premiership return

Neilson masterminded the resurrection of the Jambos after Vladimir Romanov’s disastrous reign, taking them to the Championship title, then back into Europe. The 40-year-old was convinced to walk out on the Premiership new boys, even though the Jambos don’t know what league they will be playing in next season. “It is a good bit of business from Ann Budge and Hearts because it’s not as if they are taking somebody in who doesn’t know the club. “He also has a track record and will get results.” Clark is bang on in his assessment that things started going downhill for Hearts when Neilson left. They appointed Ian Cathro and then Craig Levein stepped down from director of football but he was pushed out last season. Stendel was then brought in but left them struggling at the wrong end of the table before last season was called. He said: “I know some of the Hearts fans were wanting Robbie out first time around but have the club been at the same level since he left? That shows his desire to go back to Hearts because he had a good job at Dundee United and I couldn’t have seen him leaving for many other jobs.” Clark also knows that Dundee United will be unhappy after Neilson led them back to the top flight.