JOHN McGlynn is being lined up for a sensational return to Hearts, the Press can reveal.
The Raith Rovers boss was at Tynecastle yesterday (Wednesday) for talks aimed at becoming the club’s new manager.
Vladimir Romanov, the Hearts owner, met with director of football, John Murray, in Lithuania over the weekend and the Press understands that McGlynn was identified as the number one choice to replace Paulo Sergio.
Hearts subsequently made an official approach to Raith on Tuesday night, and were given the green light to speak to their man.
McGlynn signed a one-year contract at Raith at the end of last season after steering the club clear of relegation trouble, but it now seems likely that he will depart for the SPL after five-and-a-half years at Stark’s Park.
Speaking just a few hours before the approach from Hearts was made, McGlynn told the Press that it was his ambition to manage at the highest level.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s Hearts or whoever, I’ve always said I want to manage at the highest level,” he said. “I wouldn’t be showing ambition if I didn’t think like that.
“But at the same time I’m very proud to have been manager at Raith Rovers for five and a half years.
“I’ve no absolute desperation to leave Raith Rovers - I’ve had a great time - but that doesn’t stop me from being ambitious.
“I’ve tried to work as hard as I can to get an opportunity to work at highest level.
“It might never come for me, but that won’t stop me going out and trying to do my job every day in the hope that it might.”
McGlynn spent 10 years at Hearts where his roles included youth coach, assistant manager and caretaker manager before taking on his first managerial post at Raith in 2006.
He steered the Kirkcaldy club from second bottom of the Division Two to runners-up of Division One within five seasons, a feat recognised in 2011 when he was named the SPFA Manager of the Year.