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Billy Brown rejoins Hearts as assistant manager

Billy Brown has returned to Hearts, where he will work for free. Picture: SNS

Billy Brown has returned to Hearts, where he will work for free. Picture: SNS

  • by DAVID GUNN
 

BILLY Brown has returned to help Hearts in their hour of need by reassuming the post of assistant manager on a voluntary basis.

Brown will work without pay to help 38-year-old manager Gary Locke, who will start his first full season in the job with the club on minus 15 points following their descent into administration.

The 62-year-old had two coaching spells at Tynecastle as right-hand man to Jim Jefferies, the first incorporating a Scottish Cup win in 1998 when Locke was a player, and the second ending when the pair were removed three games into the 2011-12 season.

Locke also worked under Jefferies and Brown at Bradford and Kilmarnock and began his coaching career at Tynecastle when the pair were in charge.

Locke told the club’s official website: “It’s an absolute no-brainer for me.

“It’s not often you get the chance to get someone of Billy’s experience and he’s offered to come in and help me out during pre-season which is a magnificent gesture.

“I can’t do it all on my own and it’s obvious I’ll need a help so to have Billy in here is a great help.

“I can’t afford to bring in an assistant and it’s a measure of the man that Billy was only too willing to help out without getting paid.

“He’s someone I obviously know very well and I’m delighted to have him here. We are all in this together.”

Brown was assistant manager at Hibernian after leaving Hearts, a stint which ended with the 5-1 Edinburgh derby William Hill Scottish Cup final defeat, before managing East Fife last season.

 

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