The administrator who helped save Hearts from the brink of liquidation says he is amazed at how well the club have rebounded thanks to the fans and owner Ann Budge.
In 2013, when Bryan Jackson first started sifting through the rubble following the collapse of the Vladimir Romanov regime, he gave the club a 50-50 chance of survival, at best. But, speaking at the launch of a new Supporters Direct Scotland initiative, which will offer support and advice on finances and governance to fans looking for greater involvement in the running of their clubs, Jackson said he could not have envisaged such a quick turnaround in fortunes at Tynecastle.
Jackson, who helped to broker a unique three-way deal between creditors, Budge and fans’ group Foundation of Hearts to safeguard the club’s future, said: “I compare it to an operation. Some people might get a knee operation and be back walking very quickly, for others it might take a year or two, so Hearts was a great example of not only coming through the operation in very difficult circumstances, but that hardcore support was so strong that it actually meant they recovered really quickly both on and off the field.”