HEARTS this morning sacked head coach Ian Cathro following the sude’s shock exit from the Betfred Cup. 

Cathro, previously untested as a manager was always a strange choice for the Tynecastle side. He was appointed in December 2016 by Craig Levein but has struggled in the job and has been under pressure early in the new season after defeats to both Peterhead and Dunfermline saw the club crash out of the league cup

Hearts start  their Premiership campaign on Saturday with a trip to 6 in a row Champions Celtic but Cathro won’t be there.

A statement from Hearts released on Tuesday morning announced the sacking.

 “Craig Levein, Hearts’ Director of Football, has confirmed that Head Coach Ian Cathro, will leave the club with immediate effect.

“The Board wishes it to be known that this was a very difficult decision, reluctantly made, as every member of the Board recognises that Ian is an extremely talented young coach with a very bright future ahead of him. We thank Ian for all of his efforts and wish him well in the future.

“A further statement will be made tomorrow in relation to management plans for this weekend’s Ladbrokes Premiership match against Celtic and longer term.”

Cathro’s fate was sealed by a defeat on penalties to Championship side Dunfermline on Saturday, which followed a humiliating 2-1 reverse against League Two Peterhead. 

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