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Sunday 26 January 2020

Daly blast at Hearts manager

Hearts manager Daniel Stendel
Hearts manager Daniel Stendel

Irish coach Jon Daly has added his voice to the criticism of Hearts manager Daniel Stendel, claiming the German's comments were "embarrassing".

Glenn Whelan last week opened up on the details of his sudden exit from Hearts, halfway through a one-year contract where he was critical of new manager Stendel and the club's manner of dealing with his departure.

Now Dubliner Daly, who had been U20 team coach at Hearts, has given his view after Stendel said there was only one person on the coaching staff which he inherited who he could trust.

"Anyone who knows me knows that I am one of the most trustworthy people in football," Daly told BBC Scotland.

"I've had a five-minute conversation with Daniel Stendel and, from that five-minute conversation, Daniel Stendel has come out and said he can't trust anyone at Hearts. That, for me, is embarrassing."

He says he was part of training at first under Stendel and offered his help.

"I was told to watch the training and, after training, he asked me my opinion and, being the honest person I am, I gave him my fair reflection," Daly said.

"I thought some of it was good, I thought some of it the players didn't understand, and that's the last conversation I had with Daniel Stendel."

Daly was also critical of the club's decision to allow Ireland U21 striker Aidan Keena move to English non-league side Hartlepool on loan and then "bring a guy in who has scored four goals in the fourth tier in Germany".

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