McGlynn keen to keep Hearts strong

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John McGlynn returns to Hearts at a time of significant wage cuts
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John McGlynn returns to Hearts at a time of significant wage cuts

New Hearts manager John McGlynn has some funds available to "wheel and deal" in the transfer market even though his priority will be to promote youth players into the first team.

McGlynn, who returns to Tynecastle after almost six years in charge of Raith Rovers, was unveiled as manager on Thursday, and he arrives at a time when the club are making significant cuts to their wage bill.

However, he remains optimistic about bringing in some experienced players to help his much-changed squad, saying: "There are one or two areas in the team, because players have moved on, where we are short. So there is a priority to try and bring some players in."

He added: "There will not be huge funds but there are funds there and we'll do the best we possibly can to bring in players to enhance the football club."

McGlynn showed he could develop young players in his 10-year coaching spell with Hearts, which included two brief spells as caretaker boss, and by achieving success with Raith with a youthful side including loan players from Hearts and Dundee United.

Hearts have released several experienced players such as Ian Black, David Obua and Stephen Elliott with Rudi Skacel also leaving and Craig Beattie on the lookout for a new club.

McGlynn led Raith to the Second Division title before winning the PFA Scotland manager of the year award in 2011 after exceeding expectations with a runners-up spot in the First Division.

"I had to work on a very tight budget at Raith," he said. "I had to wheel and deal and duck and dive and bring in loan players. Whether that can be available here remains to be seen but I've certainly worked on a shoestring budget."

McGlynn will also work beside familiar faces on the coaching staff in the form of Gary Locke and Darren Murray, and he admitted there could be a new appointment to follow amid reports former Hearts striker Edgaras Jankauskas will join as assistant manager.

"There is obviously speculation that we will be adding to our coaching staff," he said. "That still remains to be seen but we're very happy with what we've got and we're looking forward to it."

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