Craig Levein and host of first-team players leave Hearts

Former Hearts manager Craig Levein has officially left the club along with several players and staff members.

Levein: Hearts confirm former manager's departure.
Levein: Hearts confirm former manager's departure.

Former Hearts manager Craig Levein has officially left the club along with Austin MacPhee and several first-team players.

Levein, who was also director of football at the relegated Edinburgh side, took charge for his second spell as manager in 2017 after the sacking of Iain Cathro.

But after a poor run of results in 2019, he was replaced initially by MacPhee on an interim basis before current boss Daniel Stendel took charge.

Both Levein and MacPhee continued to work in background roles after leaving the dugout.

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Hearts confirmed the departures on Monday with a statement on their website.

It read: “Oliver Bozanic, Clevid Dikamona, Jay Nwanze, Brodie Strang, Craig Levein, Austin MacPhee and Jack Wilson have all left the club following the expiration of their contracts.

“In the coming days Donis Avdijaj, Daniel Baur, Marcel Langer, Steven MacLean, Alex Petkov, Kelby Mason, Dean Ritchie, Rory Currie, Ryotaro Meshino, Joel Pereira and Toby Sibbick will depart Tynecastle upon expiration of their contracts or loan deals.

“The club would like to thank everyone for their efforts at Hearts and we wish them well for the future.”

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Former Scotland boss Levein played more than 300 games for Hearts in the 80s and 90s and had his first spell as manager between 2000 and 2004.

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