Date: 25th June 2007 at 9:52am
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Strong rumours are doing the rounds that Hearts’ all-time record goalscorer John Robertson is speaking to club representatives about a potential return to Tynecastle is some
capacity.

Robbo previously had a spell as manager of the club under Romanov after Craig Levein left quite suddenly for Leicester City a few short years ago, but to be honest things just never worked out for the wee man. Despite the sort of football he preached being more open and free-flowing than the style under Levein, he was not able to deliver the same sort of effective results and this, coupled with rumoured differences of opinion with various people above him, led to an early departure from the job.

It has been suggested in the past that the club have since approached Robbo with a view to him returning, but to date nothing concrete has happened. However several newspapers are indicating that talks to bring him back in some sort of coaching role are ongoing, so perhaps this time something will actually happen. Perhaps as a specialised coach for the forwards? Who knows.

It goes without saying that Robbo is an immensely popular guy with the Hearts support, but that relationship was in danger of becoming slightly soured during his unsuccessful time at the helm. This is why I’d hope that whatever role Robbo gets if he does return again, is one that is more behind-the-scenes than say the Head Coach role, as I’m really not sure that he’s the right guy for a job like that. Especially not under the Romanov regime anyway. Let’s face it, Romanov has managed to turn almost the entire Hearts support against Steven Pressley, the most popular Hearts player of recent times, so who’s to say he couldn’t do that with Robbo if he decided to make him his scapegoat? I’d be a tad concerned about that.

John Robertson is one of the few players of the modern era who fully justify the title of ‘Hearts legend’. If there is genuinely a role at Tynecastle just now that suits the wee man, then I’d be delighted to see him coming back and perhaps helping to restore a bit of the club’s true identity. But it must be right for him – I’d hate to see things go pear-shaped to the point where the fans treat him like they treat Pressley these days – that would be a travesty.