Pressley tips Barr to make it at Hearts
Pressley, a former Hearts captain, coached the Scotland internationalist last season and has advised him to be patient with Marius Zaliukas and Ismael Bouzid occupying the centre-back berths and Andy Webster ready to challenge for a first-team place.
Barr joined Hearts on a pre-contract agreement last summer and initially played at right-back before dropping out of the side last October. Pressley believes Barr's fortunes reflect his own start at Tynecastle, which involved an uninspiring time at right-back before a successful eight years in central defence.
"Darren's situation is similar to mine when I moved to Hearts in 1998," said Pressley.
"I was initially asked to play right-back, not my most natural position. After an indifferent three or four months I finally got my chance at centre-back and I didn't look back. I ended up playing there eight years.
"Fingers crossed Darren goes on to have the same experience because he's a terrific defender. Once he gets the opportunity to play in the centre of defence I'm sure he will prove that.
"You don't split up a partnership that works so it looks like Darren will have to be patient."