Ex-Hartlepool United striker Jon Daly named interim boss at Scottish Premiership outfit Hearts

Jon Daly celebrates scoring for Rangers
Jon Daly celebrates scoring for Rangers

Former Pools striker Jon Daly has been named as interim boss at Hearts after the Jambos lost patience with the Ian Cathro experiment.

Innovative ex-Newcastle coach Cathro was sacked four days before the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership kick-off in the wake of the Edinburgh club’s dismal Betfred Cup exit, which saw Hearts fans round on the 31-year-old.

The appointment last December was viewed as progressive but risky and Hearts opted to cut their losses after an unrelenting run of poor results.

While the hunt for a new manager goes on Daly will take charge of first-team matters.

Hearts, whose league season starts away to Celtic on Saturday, must decide whether to stick with their declared policy of developing young coaches or bring in an experienced hand to steady the ship.

Paul Hartley is among the favourites for the job. The club have not made it clear whether assistant Austin MacPhee, who joined alongside Cathro, will stay on. Ex-Hartlepool United striker Daly, a coach at the club, is a contender for the main job.

Daly scored one of the most famous goals in the history of Pools when he headed the club in front in the 2005 League One play-off final at the Millennium Stadium.

The Irishman’s goal put Pools 2-1 up against Sheffield Wednesday and within eight minutes of a place in the Championship until the Owls struck a late equaliser and won promotion in extra-time.

Daly (pictured) played in the 2006-07 promotion season at the Vic before moving on to Dundee United, Rangers and Raith before moving into coaching at Hearts.

The Jambos U20 boss is an early favourite with the bookies early on to become the next Hearts manager.

The Scottish Sun report that William Hill currently have him as their 1/4 favourite. He has already taken charge of the first team in an interim capacity following Robbie Neilson’s departure last year.