Hearts promote John Murray to key job

Heart of Midlothian

Hearts have promoted academy director John Murray to the role of director of football.

The Northern Irishman's new remit will involve recruitment and transfers across the whole club, from the youths through to the first team.

"The club is currently embarking on a transformational phase," Murray told the Edinburgh club's website.

"This will lead to a number of our brightest prospects graduating into the first team squad in due course."

Murray, who arrived at Tynecastle in season 1995-96, was appointed academy director in 2004 after spells as head of youth development and chief scout.

"I hope that the supporters will also understand that this progression will be a continual process and will not happen overnight," he added.

Hearts director Sergejus Fedotovas said: "John has played an integral part in the development of our very successful academy system and we are pleased that he has accepted this extended role.

"John's knowledge, experience and commitment will allow us to shape the football club in the seasons ahead.

"We have some very good young players and with the right mix of senior players we can become the entertaining, enterprising and youthful team we strive to be."