Robbie Neilson to be rewarded for ‘enormously hard work’ with new Hearts contract

Hearts have handed manager Robbie Neilson a new long-term contract.

The 42-year-old was close to the final season of his current contract but has now promised the club his future until the summer of 2025.

Neilson’s assistants Gordon Forrest and Lee McCulloch have also signed extended contracts.

The former Hearts defender returned to Tynecastle from Dundee United in June 2020 to start a second spell.

He has led the team to the league title and a third-place finish in the Cinch Premiership, along with a second-place finish in the Scottish Cup, with guaranteed wins in the European group stage.

Hearts chief executive Andrew McKinlay told the club’s website: “The progress the first-team has made in a short space of time is undeniable and that is due in no small part to the talent, professionalism and determination of the coaching staff.

“They have raised the standards at the park and the whole club has benefited as we prepare for one of the greatest seasons in Hearts history and I can’t think of a better trio to get us there.”

Sporting director Joe Savage added: “There has been a tremendous amount of hard work done over the last two years and the results are for all to see.

“The style of play, the performances and most importantly the results have improved and Robbie, Gordon and Lee have contributed to that.

“Their professionalism is second to none and anyone lucky enough to have seen them in action will have seen how meticulous they are in everything they do and that has helped this club return to the top of Scottish football .”

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