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Joe Savage to QUIT Hearts as sporting director tells club of shock decision

Joe Savage is on his way out of Hearts after telling club chiefs he intends to step down from his position as sporting director.

The former Arbroath and East Stirling striker has been with the Tynecastle club for three-and-a-half years but will now move on. Savage came in after working as a chief scout at Hamilton, Norwich and Preston and initially built himself a good reputation with the support as the Jambos brought in signings like Beni Baningime and Cammy Devlin.

The 39-year-old then came under fire at the beginning of last season as many of the new signings struggled to get up to speed. But with the likes of Kenny Vargas and Calem Nieuwenhof coming into form as the campaign went on, he was given more leeway again.

So it may come as a shock that he has decided to now end his time in Gorgie, as reported by the Daily Record. Savage has reportedly had interest from clubs in the English Premier League but the report adds he doesn't have a new job lined up as it stands.

Hearts have already secured the pre-contract signings of Blair Spittal from Motherwell, Ross County's Yan Dhanda and James Penrice of Livingston. Steven Naismith is already pressing on with attempts to strengthen other areas of his squad on top of those early acquisitions.