Date: 26th May 2008 at 11:48am
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I was quite happy to read quotes from Mark McGhee in the weekend papers indicating that he wouldn’t take the Hearts manager’s job unless he gets the correct about of power to do as he pleases as far as the first team squad is concerned.

The Motherwell manager would appear to be a man in demand just now after a successful season at Fir Park, but Hearts’ interest has certainly prompted an initially positive response from McGhee, although the reported £350,000 salary may have more than something to do with it!

He was quoted as saying:

‘Hearts are a great club and any manager would be thrilled at the opportunity to manage them.

‘But their recent issues are well documented and I would require clarification on a number of those issues before I could even consider moving.’

It’s this last sentence which, if McGhee does indeed end up getting the job, is the most encouraging. Hearts could end up appointing Jose Mourhinho and still achieve nothing if the amount of interference from above that we’ve witnessed in the last two years continues, so it’s good to see that the guy has his head screwed on with this in mind. It looks as though he isn’t going to allow the significant sum of money being offered to allow him to be courted without the assurances that the new manager needs, which is surely a relief to all concerned.

We can no doubt expect more developments on this in the coming days and weeks……….