The man credited with discovering Craig Gordon has been appointed as the director of football at Hearts.
John Murray was the man who discovered Craig Gordon as an youngster. He has gone on to feature for both Scotland and Sunderland, and is regarded as one of the best young goalkeepers in world football. It is hoped that John Murray will provide his vast experience in the bringing many more players like Craig Gordon to Hearts.
He was previously the academy director, but this promotion does not come as a major surprise. However, it may be surprising for a few who are hard of the financial difficulties that Hearts have been facing in the last few years.
Hearts have debts that have been estimated to be around £ 30 million, which can only be brought on with the presence of high quality youngsters, who can then be sold on for a high transfer fee. This is the business model that many clubs in England have been following. Hearts will become another major club to adopt the policy of appointing a director of football to oversee the transfer business.
Usually, managers undertake this role when it comes to British football, but it has been proven in the Continental football that the managers role has become expensive these days that it would be highly unproductive for him to oversee the transfer situation as well.
“Having been so closely involved in everything going on at Hearts for so long, it is obviously an amazing honour to be appointed director of football. I look forwards to the massive challenges ahead of us. The club in transition at the moment – some of our brightest prospects in the youth academy will be moving into the first-team squad very soon,” John Murray said after being appointed as the director of football at Hearts.