Date: 13th October 2015 at 11:39am
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Head coach Robbie Neilson has warned the Hearts side that they will have to be wary of Dundee United in our visit to them on Sunday because of the managerial changes at the club.

In quotes carried by the Edinburgh News ahead of the visit to Tannadice this weekend, Neilson said that managerial changes always give a squad a lift because obviously players are looking after their futures and looking to impress, and with the opposition hoping to have John Hughes done and dusted ahead of the game, the gaffer knows that even if that doesn’t happen, their players will still be looking to make a point.

‘It`s a new start and a fresh start for all the players so we have to be aware of that. Teams can get a lift from a change of manager sometimes and Dundee United have some very good players. They will see it as an opportunity for them. We want to go there and win, that`s the target as always. It`s difficult to say how the changes up there will affect them but we need to make sure we prepare properly.’

As he references a change of manager can also equal a change of formation, tactics and intent from a side so the home work we have done on what they are likely to do will be redundant but the work we’ve done on individual players and their own preferences should still be good and help us.

For the game itself, Hearts are without suspended Callum Paterson and Gavin Reilly this weekend, and skipper Alim Ozturk has now undergone a second hernia operation and it’s expected he will now miss the next month.

Speaking about those players, Neilson went on to add.

‘We know we`ll get a hard game, that`s for sure, and we`ve got two players suspended and a couple of injuries so that doesn`t make it easy. We`re without some important players but it gives others a chance to come in and stake a claim for a place in the team.’


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