Craig Levein

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Craig Levein said ( about John Souttar ) : "If it wasn't for his injury problems, Souttar would have 30 Scotland caps - rather than his current tally of three - and be playing in the English Premier League" External link

bbc Friday, November 5, 2021 4:12:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein told ( about Charlie Mulgrew ) : “Charlie Mulgrew is like a Rolls-Royce,” External link

thecourier Thursday, November 4, 2021 4:02:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “Tony Asghar will be delighted with the progress being made under Tam Courts,” External link

thecourier Thursday, November 4, 2021 4:02:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein told : “The last few years have been far from ideal, pretty horrible at times to be honest,” External link

thecourier Sunday, June 6, 2021 7:40:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “My career has come full circle and I’m genuinely excited by the challenge at Brechin,” External link

thecourier Sunday, June 6, 2021 7:40:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein told : “People may look at where I’ve been – Hearts, Dundee United, Leicester and Scotland and wonder what is in this for me ,” External link

thecourier Friday, June 4, 2021 9:21:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “Brechin have a tough job ahead of them and will need to have bags of resilience, focus and stamina to get back to league Two,” External link

thecourier Friday, June 4, 2021 5:15:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein says : "He played as a winger at times back then. He had good pace, was aggressive - in a positive way - even at that age," "I had a meeting with his mum, who said he wasn't academically-minded. So she was concerned Cowdenbeath didn't have a professional youth team and he'd have to get a part-time job when he just wanted to play football. "Gordon McDougall, who was chairman at the time, was a big Hibs supporter so he arranged for him to go in there. The rest is history" External link

bbc Friday, May 14, 2021 10:43:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein told : "For me it just summed up how awfully bad things have gone for Celtic," External link

belfasttelegraph Tuesday, January 19, 2021 8:01:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein added : "He's frustrated because he expects better from that group of players," External link

bbc Monday, November 23, 2020 11:29:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "James Forrest is a different animal," "If he comes on late in the game, the decision-making will definitely be better. "There is a point about him and Ryan Fraser. Both thinkers, both two guys that, if there's a situation where they feel under pressure, they will manage to get something from it. "There's also a lot of players [against Israel] who didn't perform. I'm Lyndon Dykes' biggest fan and he didn't perform. I just think the whole team lacked energy and aggression and looked leggy" External link

bbc Thursday, November 19, 2020 3:04:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about Steve Clarke ) : "The big advantage that Steve has is that they have qualified for this tournament, so that will be uppermost in the players' minds when they think about coming back to seeing their friends again," "And that is what it will be. A friendly group who have experienced something really positive together. He's got that in his favour" External link

bbc Thursday, November 19, 2020 3:04:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "James Forrest is a different animal," "If he comes on late in the game, the decision-making will definitely be better. "There is a point about him and Ryan Fraser. Both thinkers, both two guys that, if there's a situation where they feel under pressure, they will manage to get something from it. "There's also a lot of players [against Israel] who didn't perform. I'm Lyndon Dykes' biggest fan and he didn't perform. I just think the whole team lacked energy and aggression and looked leggy" External link

bbc Thursday, November 19, 2020 12:31:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about Steve Clarke ) : "The big advantage that Steve has is that they have qualified for this tournament, so that will be uppermost in the players' minds when they think about coming back to seeing their friends again," "And that is what it will be. A friendly group who have experienced something really positive together. He's got that in his favour" External link

bbc Thursday, November 19, 2020 12:31:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein believes : "Dykes provides us with something different" "We need a striker who can score goals, who can hold the ball up, and who can run the channels," External link

bbc Tuesday, October 6, 2020 11:48:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein says : "I had absolutely no worries about putting him in against Aberdeen," "He played because he was training so well. I watched all the youth games and he steadily improved from the period where he came back to us from Celtic. "I had a little bit of doubt about throwing him in at Celtic Park but he proved that he's more than capable of doing the job" External link

bbc Friday, September 25, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein adds : "He's got really good defensive qualities but I don't know if he'll end up being a full-back, he might end up going back into midfield," "He could be a fantastic holding midfielder with his great awareness of danger and his ability to get out of tight situations with the ball at his feet" External link

bbc Friday, September 25, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein told : "Celtic tried to buy him back half-a-dozen times and that just got knocked back," External link

bbc Tuesday, August 4, 2020 9:57:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “You wouldn’t normally catch me smiling after a 5-1 defeat,” External link

thecourier Friday, July 24, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said : "He was on the groundstaff at Hearts way back in 1983. He was a good lad and I've had quite a lot of dealings with him over the years," External link

bbc Tuesday, July 7, 2020 8:04:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein added : “If he doesn’t win matches then those noises will grow. It’s just the way it is” External link

thecourier Monday, June 29, 2020 9:49:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about Robbie Neilson ) : "I had a long conversation with Robbie in November and he intimated he would like to come back to Hearts at some point. "I didn't think it would be as soon as this. I think he regretted leaving at the time he did. He went to Hearts as a 15-year-old kid, so has a really strong connection [with the club]. I'm convinced it's the right move for him" External link

bbc Monday, June 22, 2020 4:35:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein replied : "When I got the sack, I think. "It was misery at that time. I really did struggle. I was at that stage of my career where I had loads of energy and I wanted to do so much more and taking the international job was such a fantastic thing" External link

bbc Tuesday, June 16, 2020 10:28:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein added ( about Ann Budge ) : "The leadership for this whole situation should have come from the centre," "They need to come up with innovative ideas to move forward, it shouldn't be left to Rangers or Ann Budge. "That responsibility belongs with the board and the executives. I don't think they have done a very good job" External link

bbc Tuesday, June 9, 2020 1:22:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "At the start of the season, everybody were saying it was the best squad Hearts had in a long time. " External link

bbc Monday, June 8, 2020 5:03:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “Callumn runs on extra-energy batteries! He just keeps going and going and going. He has so much energy and what has always been good about his game is his willingness to cross the ball with both feet. That quality gives the midfielders and the strikers the energy to make up ground and get into the penalty box when they know that sort of service is coming in” External link

stokesentinel Tuesday, November 19, 2019 11:59:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I'm the one that's in the bunker just now and dealing with all the shots that are getting fired in," External link

bbc Thursday, October 31, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said : "It's good that they are testing it for us, so when we get it we know what we are doing," "It's interpretation isn't it? I think that's the problem [In England]. I hear they are maybe going to alter it slightly and let the referee use the pitch-side monitor. "They will get it right in England at some point and we can just copy them" External link

bbc Tuesday, October 29, 2019 3:01:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I feel that going into every match we should be winning matches at home," "It's the responsibility of myself and the players to carry that, if you want to call it a burden. "But for me, it's just another opportunity to play in front of a full house at home, which should be the thing you become a football player for. It's a game against the most in-form team in the league. "Games against Rangers recently have not been as good as we would have liked, which is another thing we would like to make up for" External link

bbc Friday, October 18, 2019 2:04:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "Peter is back from Austria and he's starting training," External link

bbc Tuesday, September 24, 2019 4:38:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "He won't be far from coming back. "Walker is improving, John is improving, Steven is improving," "In the next couple of weeks I'm sure we'll start to see players coming back which makes me feel much better" External link

bbc Tuesday, September 24, 2019 4:38:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I was looking for was a turnaround in our fortunes," "It's been a good day for us and we cut out all the silly mistakes which have plagued us defensively this season so far" External link

bbc Monday, September 23, 2019 9:16:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said : "Up to the point where Mallan, scored I felt that our defence were excellent and hadn't really caused us many problems," "It was down to the great character and the fighting spirit the players showed to get back into the match. If we left here without three points, I'd have felt that we'd been robbed. "I felt that the overall bravery of the team and the willingness to just roll the sleeves up and keep going had as much a part to play as the change of the personnel and change of shape. "I must credit them enormously and I'm so pleased for the supporters. We sold out all our tickets at a time when we're not our best, so that was for them - they've obviously had a difficult time as well" External link

bbc Monday, September 23, 2019 9:16:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said : "My interest is purely making Hearts as good as they can possibly be and I believe I can do that with this group of players," "If I didn't think that then I wouldn't be here - it's as simple as that. There isn't any situation where I've looked and thought we've not got the players to get us out of this" External link

bbc Friday, September 20, 2019 2:58:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I've been in the game long enough to know that the situation we're in," "Being bottom of the table with two points after five matches - is not a great situation to be in. "I'm well aware of the circumstances and what we need to do" External link

bbc Friday, September 20, 2019 2:58:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein added : "Whoever starts the game in a positive manner I'm sure will have the supporters behind them," External link

bbc Friday, September 20, 2019 2:58:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "Do I feel my position is untenable? I don't. I feel I am more than capable of improving results," "It is just part of the job. Supporters get frustrated that their team at home should be winning. "My focus is just on the game. I don't try and listen to anything else. It's not helpful" External link

bbc Sunday, September 15, 2019 10:24:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein added ( about Ann Budge ) : "I speak to Ann Budge regularly. We talk about results and if results aren't good then we look to improve. It is a normal conversation" External link

bbc Sunday, September 15, 2019 10:24:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said : “I would never ask the supporters to blindly support a team,” External link

thetimes Friday, September 13, 2019 2:12:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I think there is a madness going around just now," External link

bbc Thursday, August 22, 2019 2:43:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about error ) : "It seemed to be everything that they did was a mistake or fraught with some sort of error," "But when players get nervous sometimes they do tend to think 'I don't want to make a mistake so I'll play safe', but playing safe is not the answer to playing good football" External link

bbc Sunday, August 11, 2019 10:31:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said : "Aaron is a young kid who's only played four or five first-team matches," External link

bbc Monday, August 5, 2019 9:16:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "Aaron is a young kid who's only played four or five first team matches," External link

bbc Monday, August 5, 2019 2:11:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "The start of the league season is something different," External link

bbc Saturday, July 27, 2019 11:35:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I think what we saw today was the team beginning to think how the hell are we going to score when we keep passing up these opportunities," "I think East Fife will have gone it half time thinking they had got out of jail really. The game should have been dead and buried, but I've got to credit them - they came out in the second half, fought really hard and I think they scored with their second shot on goal" External link

bbc Saturday, July 27, 2019 11:35:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "We had to work far too hard," "We missed far too many chances but we didn't feel sorry for ourselves and kept plugging away and we should have won by a hell of a lot more" External link

bbc Thursday, July 25, 2019 12:07:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein told : “He’s a great boy and he works very, very hard,” External link

derbytelegraph Tuesday, July 23, 2019 12:43:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein added : "We’ve got more attacking players this season than we had last season so he just couldn’t force his way into the team on a regular basis. Ryan Edwards applauds Hearts fans after their Scottish Cup final defeat to Celtic (Image: Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images) “His view on that was ‘fine, but I want to play’, which I get, so I’m quite happy for him to leave. I like having conversations with people who are honest and say ‘look, I don’t want to cause you any trouble, but I want to play.’ We’ll get quite a hefty sell-on and he gets to play, which is important for him. If Burton were to move for the Australia Under-23 international, they would be getting a model professional, according to Levein. “He was great for us - he did his work every single day," “He came back from St Mirren in January and didn’t play until April but every single day in training he worked his backside off, and that’s partly what got him into the squad towards the end of the season. I completely understand his position in wanting to play” External link

derbytelegraph Tuesday, July 23, 2019 12:43:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I will bring in another midfielder," "I'm going to take some time and make sure we get the right one in" External link

bbc Monday, July 15, 2019 1:35:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "We're pretty sure we know what the problem is," "We just want to be certain. We've had one opinion and we're waiting on another" External link

bbc Monday, July 15, 2019 1:35:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "He showed signs in pre-season and was certainly working hard over the summer and kept himself in good shape," "He was more prominent in the running that we did in pre-season, so that gave me some encouragement. "We know he's talented, there's no question of that, but in that midfield area there needs to be a physical element as well, so I'm glad he's improved on that front" External link

bbc Monday, July 15, 2019 1:35:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I don't know if that's a direct consequence," "But it certainly couldn't have helped so I've got to take some responsibility for that. It was a risk and reward thing because when he was out the team, we struggled a little bit to fill that gap. "The question now is that in the pelvic area there are so many different things that interact. Sometimes it's not just one problem, it can be more than that. "He's away down south to get another investigation and we'll get results on that towards the end of the week so I'm hopeful we'll find out exactly what we need to fix" External link

bbc Wednesday, July 10, 2019 4:17:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “We are talking about him moving back to England if he can find something,” External link

thesundaytimes Monday, July 1, 2019 8:57:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said : “We are talking about him moving back to England if he can find something,” External link

thetimes Monday, July 1, 2019 2:28:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said : "There are one or two things to sort out, but other than that, I'm sure he will be playing for Hearts next season," External link

bbc Thursday, June 27, 2019 11:02:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “I think something abroad was going to be the temptation. I don’t think England is of any interest to him and he did mention MLS,” External link

tamworthherald Thursday, June 27, 2019 1:44:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “I think something abroad was going to be the temptation. I don’t think England is of any interest to him and he did mention MLS,” External link

birminghammail Wednesday, June 19, 2019 12:49:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “I think something abroad was going to be the temptation. I don’t think England is of any interest to him and he did mention MLS,” External link

birminghammail Thursday, June 6, 2019 7:26:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “I think something abroad was going to be the temptation. I don’t think England is of any interest to him and he did mention MLS,” External link

tamworthherald Tuesday, June 4, 2019 4:57:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “I think something abroad was going to be the temptation. I don’t think England is of any interest to him and he did mention MLS,” External link

birminghammail Tuesday, June 4, 2019 2:04:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I thought we tried as hard as we could to win the match," "Unfortunately, we didn't manage to do that either for ourselves or the supporters. "It was competitive. We frustrated Celtic for long periods and we broke quickly when we regained possession. "We're playing against a good side. We did lose moments of concentration and in the match I think I could count them on one hand. We lost a couple of goals and that's ultimately what's cost us" External link

bbc Saturday, May 25, 2019 11:44:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "What encourages more than anything else about the state of the football club is the quality of young players we've got. Aaron is just another one," "That keeps me going and makes me feel that we can improve - and I'm absolutely certain we can" External link

bbc Saturday, May 25, 2019 11:44:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I thought we tried as hard as we could to win the match," "Unfortunately, we didn't manage to do that either for ourselves or the supporters. "It was competitive. We frustrated Celtic for long periods and we broke quickly when we regained possession. "We're playing against a good side and we did lose moments of concentration and in the match I think I could count them on one hand. We lost a couple of goals and that's ultimately what's cost us" External link

bbc Saturday, May 25, 2019 10:46:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein added : "The good news is most of our injuries have cleared up. Getting those players back makes me feel better," "There's no room for nerves, the overriding feeling is excitement" External link

bbc Thursday, May 23, 2019 11:13:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein added : "The good news is most of our injuries have cleared up. Getting those players back makes me feel better," "There's no room for nerves, the overriding feeling is excitement" External link

bbc Thursday, May 23, 2019 7:45:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “I think something abroad was going to be the temptation. I don’t think England is of any interest to him and he did mention MLS,” External link

tamworthherald Tuesday, May 21, 2019 10:30:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein confirmed : "He'll be out for around 10 weeks," External link

bbc Tuesday, May 21, 2019 11:50:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein added : "It's hugely disappointing news for us and especially for Olly," "He twisted his knee on the pitch with nobody around him on Sunday and at the time it didn't look too good. "Missing out on a cup final is hard to take, so Olly now has to focus on his rehab and target making a comeback for the beginning of the next league campaign" External link

bbc Tuesday, May 21, 2019 11:50:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein added ( about Arnaud Djoum ) : "We'll continue to monitor the progress of Haring and Djoum this week," "And I expect Harry Cochrane to return from illness, so we will have options in midfield for Saturday's game" External link

bbc Tuesday, May 21, 2019 11:50:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said : "It's that close in making sure they are alright for the final and weighing up whether training is more important than game time," "They (Haring and Ikpeazu) are both doing a little bit today so things should become clearer possibly by the beginning of the week to find out where they are" External link

bbc Friday, May 17, 2019 2:16:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein added : "It will be a younger squad, definitely," "How many of the youngsters start we have to wait and see. I'm inclined to give some of them some experience and some game time. At the same time have a look at a couple of things shape wise. "Of course it is [a meaningful game]. It's a funny situation to be in, to deal with. A number of scenarios are going through my head. Obviously my main focus is to make sure we have got all of our best players available for the final" External link

bbc Friday, May 17, 2019 2:16:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein answered ( about Arnaud Djoum ) : "Yeah of course. There are three of them. Arnaud, Uche and Peter. Arnaud's Achilles has been bothering him so that obviously is a little issue but to be honest I'm hopeful all three will be fine" External link

bbc Friday, May 17, 2019 2:16:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "We haven't been at our best recently but I do believe we can pull out a performance when needed," External link

bbc Wednesday, May 8, 2019 3:01:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I'll make some changes over the next couple of games for sure," "Looking at us sporadically over the last wee while, we've picked up a few results when we needed to. "If I can make sure everybody who I feel can help us on that particular day is fit and available, then that will give us the best chance possible" External link

bbc Wednesday, May 8, 2019 3:01:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I'd like to be in great form going into the final but if we're not, I'm not particularly concerned about that. "We've proved we can raise our game for particular matches and that's what we'll need to do. "If that is the case then it's incumbent on me we get as many players fit and available so selection can be from a wide band" External link

bbc Wednesday, May 8, 2019 3:01:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "He was ill before the match as well, so I didn't know if he was going to be able to start," "All credit to him that he managed to stay on because he did look a little bit under the weather today, but he kept going, he constantly put pressure on the Hibs defence and he got his just rewards for it" External link

bbc Monday, April 29, 2019 2:56:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "We are getting there - we're quite far down the road with Peter and Steven and making progress," "I had a good meeting with Steven during the week and was copied into an email between Peter's agent and the club about clauses and wording and stuff like that, so we are at that stage" External link

bbc Friday, April 26, 2019 2:38:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "If we can get Peter, Steven and Arnaud, we have got the spine and what I would call the building blocks for the next two or three years," External link

bbc Friday, April 26, 2019 2:38:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about John Souttar ) : "I'm not sure John would go there to be honest. No, I don't think so," External link

derbytelegraph Thursday, April 25, 2019 9:49:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein warned : "Right now I don't know who is playing in the final so there are opportunities there for people to stake a claim," External link

belfasttelegraph Monday, April 22, 2019 12:10:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “It was brilliant . . . shame on anyone who didn’t watch it,” External link

thetimes Friday, April 19, 2019 2:56:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about John Souttar ) : "I'm not sure John would go there to be honest. No, I don't think so," External link

bbc Thursday, April 18, 2019 2:53:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about Steven Naismith ) : "If he can make it, fine," "I'm not relying on that and we need to prepare without him and, if he makes it, that's a bonus. "I'm sure if Steven is capable of playing in the cup final then he will and you know what type of character he is. "I wouldn't gamble. There are certain things you make a lot worse. The chances of us taking a risk are low. "The worst outcome is really bad and I don't think it's worth that - especially if he is going to be here long term" External link

bbc Thursday, April 18, 2019 2:53:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about Alex McLeish ) : "I just think it's a mistake. I think Alex deserves a chance to carry on," "That's my personal opinion and we'll see. I hope he stays on" External link

bbc Thursday, April 18, 2019 1:44:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein told : "We've haven't been in the best of form recently, so it was important to play with a calmness and clear heads," External link

bbc Sunday, April 14, 2019 12:24:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "We had opportunities but not as many as I'd have liked," "I didn't think we'd lose a goal but the occasion maybe got to the players - it's the first time a lot of them have played here. "Second half, we controlled the match. Bobby has made one save. I wasn't even looking. We needed him on that occasion and he was there" External link

bbc Sunday, April 14, 2019 12:24:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “I had to laugh when that came up,” External link

thetimes Friday, April 12, 2019 2:26:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein recalls : "When you got your one chance, invariably he'd put the ball in the back of the net," "Then we'd get our bonus and we'd pat him on the back and say 'well done wee man'" External link

bbc Thursday, April 11, 2019 8:43:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about George Burley ) : "I feel in some ways that I didn't do him any favours because of the regime that came in," "I felt as though if they'd supported him a little bit longer I think Robbo would've had the opportunity to do the things that George or other managers did" External link

bbc Thursday, April 11, 2019 8:43:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "When we lose to Hibs I expect to hear boos," "Nobody is more disappointed than me. I don't know where [speculation] has come from. People say I'm moving to Spain - I don't even like Spain. "I'm fully focused, I was happy with our performance today, losing against Hibs is always sore for everybody and nobody hurts as much as I do" External link

bbc Sunday, April 7, 2019 10:27:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein told : "We played reasonably well, created enough opportunities to win, but we didn't. That's the end of the story," External link

bbc Sunday, April 7, 2019 10:27:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said : "When we lose to Hibs I expect to hear boos," "Nobody is more disappointed than me. I don't know where [speculation] has come from. People say I'm moving to Spain - I don't even like Spain. "I'm fully focused, I was happy with our performance today, losing against Hibs is always sore for everybody and nobody hurts as much as I do" External link

bbc Saturday, April 6, 2019 5:40:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein told : "We played reasonably well, created enough opportunities to win, but we didn't. That's the end of the story," External link

bbc Saturday, April 6, 2019 5:40:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about Michael Smith ) : "Uche brings an aggression, pace and hunger to the front line that we don't have if he's not in the team," "Having scored against Aberdeen he's in a good place. "Michael, providing he gets through training today, comes back into the side as he is one of our most important players. If they are both ready and available then that makes me feel good as well" External link

bbc Friday, April 5, 2019 2:32:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "He's a talented player and is at an age where he can continue to develop and progress. This club is the right place for him to do so" External link

bbc Wednesday, April 3, 2019 9:20:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said : "He's passed all the tests so far and he feels good," "Providing everything goes well for the rest of the week, he should be okay for the Hibs match" External link

bbc Tuesday, April 2, 2019 2:22:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "He won't make the Rangers game, but I'm pretty confident he will be okay for Saturday," "The guidelines are very strict, but he was fine on Sunday morning when I spoke to him" External link

bbc Tuesday, April 2, 2019 2:22:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I'm a huge admirer of Craig's," "I see him as an up-and-coming young Scottish centre-back. "If he continues to make the improvement he's made at Livingston then having him, John Souttar, Christophe Berra and Clevid Dikamona for next season makes me feel pretty good" External link

bbc Tuesday, April 2, 2019 2:22:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about Craig Levein ) : "I'm delighted Craig has committed to signing. "He's a talented player and, at 23, is at an age where he can continue to develop and progress. This club is the right place for him to do so" External link

bbc Monday, April 1, 2019 4:12:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "It just makes me think 'thank God I'm not doing that any more'. It's nonsense, the whole thing," "We are a play-off away from qualifying through the Nations League. I think everyone has to calm down a little bit. It seems that everybody is in such a hurry to hand out stick. And it doesn't help the manager and it doesn't help the players. "There are deeper lying issues and I think we need to take just a step back and have a little bit of patience. I know we are not going to but we don't have any choice" External link

bbc Thursday, March 28, 2019 11:32:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “It just makes me think, ‘thank God I’m not doing that any more’,” External link

yorkpress Thursday, March 28, 2019 9:17:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “It just makes me think, ‘thank God I’m not doing that any more’,” External link

chesterfirst Thursday, March 28, 2019 5:57:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "It just makes me think 'thank god I'm not doing that anymore'. It's nonsense, the whole thing," "We are a play-off away from qualifying through the Nations League. I think everyone has to calm down a little bit. It seems that everybody is in such a hurry to hand out stick. And it doesn't help the manager and it doesn't help the players. "There are deeper lying issues and I think we need to take just a step back and have a little bit of patience. I know we are not going to but we don't have any choice" External link

bbc Thursday, March 28, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "Managers sometimes talk rubbish don't they - including myself," "He doesn't half get some rough treatment, everyone think it's okay to have a pop at him just because he's a big guy. "But to be fair to him he has handled it well, I don't know if I would be quite as calm under some of the provocation he gets" External link

bbc Friday, March 15, 2019 6:55:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "Managers sometimes talk rubbish don't they - including myself," "He doesn't half get some rough treatment, everyone think it's okay to have a pop at him just because he's a big guy. "But to be fair to him he has handled it well, I don't know if I would be quite as calm under some of the provocation he gets" External link

bbc Thursday, March 14, 2019 5:50:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I'm quite happy with the way things are going," "I know it's a bit away but I'm quite happy with how we are looking going into next season. "I think we will only need to make two or three signings in the summer, all being well" External link

bbc Thursday, March 14, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "He had an agreement that if he won a penalty he'd get to take it," "Unless the other 10 players get injured, I would doubt [that Ikpeazu will take another]" External link

bbc Wednesday, March 13, 2019 1:42:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "We've been in dialogue with Aidy for a year and feel now is the right time to bring him in," "He's got a lot of work to do in order to reach the level we think he's capable of but I'm confident he can fulfil his potential and prove to be a vital cog in the wheel as we look towards the future" External link

bbc Saturday, March 9, 2019 4:55:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about Steven Naismith ) : “I believe Steven is happy here but again it depends on whether something else comes up in the next couple of months that piques his interest. But I’ll keep plugging away” External link

tamworthherald Friday, March 8, 2019 8:37:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about Arnaud Djoum ) : “I want Arnaud to stay but he said to me a while ago that if something comes up that at his age is worth an awful lot of money, then he would probably look to take it” External link

tamworthherald Friday, March 8, 2019 8:37:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about Steven Naismith ) : "I was speaking to him yesterday so it's unfortunate," "I feel for Steven more than anybody else. Obviously he was wanting to be involved in Monday [Hearts' Scottish Cup quarter-final with Partick Thistle] and now we have a replay and we hope to get through to other big games ahead. He is also sitting in 49 caps and one away from his 50th. "He is a player whose generation has kind of missed out on reaching a major final and there is a chance Scotland could reach a major final. So I feel sorry for him. "He worked ever so hard the last time and then this happens again" External link

bbc Thursday, March 7, 2019 3:38:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I don't understand how we didn't get it," External link

bbc Tuesday, March 5, 2019 1:41:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about Steven Naismith ) : “I believe Steven is happy here but again it depends on whether something else comes up in the next couple of months that piques his interest. But I’ll keep plugging away” External link

tamworthherald Wednesday, February 27, 2019 10:59:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about Arnaud Djoum ) : “I want Arnaud to stay but he said to me a while ago that if something comes up that at his age is worth an awful lot of money, then he would probably look to take it” External link

tamworthherald Wednesday, February 27, 2019 10:59:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “Sean is beating himself up about it. He got spun round, the ball hit the back of his head and went in. That summed up our day. We were poor and will need to be better on Wednesday against Celtic, but that game will at least provide its own pressure” External link

thetimes Sunday, February 24, 2019 5:12:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said : “Through his efforts at Hearts he has got himself back in to the Scotland squad and scored important goals at that level,” External link

tamworthherald Saturday, February 16, 2019 11:29:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about Steven Naismith ) : "Steven is not a guy who is prone to knee-jerk reactions," External link

tamworthherald Friday, February 15, 2019 8:43:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "Steven is not a guy who is prone to knee-jerk reactions," "He'll think long and hard about what his next move is. "He's in a good place right now, he's got himself back in the national team, he's hugely respected at Hearts. If the national team qualify for a major tournament, I'm sure Steven will be a big part of that. "I think all of these things are easier for him if he is still at Hearts, so I'm hopeful that he will stay" External link

bbc Friday, February 15, 2019 4:44:00 PM EAT



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Mark Scott explains ( about Craig Levein ) : “If I was getting back into football, I thought it would be more at junior level. I got the phone call from Craig Levein and it was an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down,” External link

thecourier Friday, December 3, 2021 8:35:00 PM EAT

Ann Budge said ( about Craig Levein ) : “I questioned deeply whether it was the right thing to do, to allow Craig to have both roles,” External link

pressandjournal Monday, November 4, 2019 7:41:00 PM EAT

Austin MacPhee said ( about Craig Levein ) : "It's not my first rodeo in this role as interim manager," "I had two games when Craig had a heart problem, and I had a whole week of training when Craig wasn't there. We had a really positive performance and beat St Mirren 4-1 and won against Motherwell. "And the other time I stood in for Craig was ironically when he was suspended for comments about Rangers having 13 men when we lost 2-1 at Tynecastle. That was my third game, against Livingston (Hearts won 1-0). "My previous experiences have ended well and I hope Sunday ends well. It gives you confidence that you can potentially do the job. "I am just going to do what I have done before which has led to the team winning when I have been interim manager" External link

bbc Saturday, November 2, 2019 12:10:00 AM EAT

John Robertson told ( about Craig Levein ) : "I'm sure once Craig gets them back and into the team, they'll start to pick up points," External link

bbc Monday, October 28, 2019 4:00:00 PM EAT

John Robertson told ( about Craig Levein ) : "I'm sure once Craig gets them back and into the team, they'll start to pick up points," External link

bbc Monday, October 28, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Derek McInnes said ( about Craig Levein ) : "Craig has been battered from pillar to post," "For me, seeing other managers under real scrutiny and real debate this early on in the season is really disappointing. We're in real danger of going down same road as what happens in England. "Last year, managers lost their jobs in August, but it used to be at least October or November before people even questioned a manager. If a manager is put in place, give him the chance to manage" External link

bbc Tuesday, September 24, 2019 7:01:00 PM EAT

John Robertson said ( about Craig Levein ) : "We'll both be assassins for our team - that's the job," "We were like that as players, and we're like that as managers. Craig won't give one jot about us on Saturday, during the game, and after the game if they win, and that's the same for us. One of us is going to a Hampden final, and I desperately hope it's me" External link

bbc Saturday, April 13, 2019 12:01:00 AM EAT

John Robertson says ( about Craig Levein ) : "You've got Craig and myself, team-mates for many years and good friends," "We've got masses of respect for each other" External link

bbc Thursday, April 11, 2019 8:43:00 PM EAT

Gary Holt told ( about Craig Levein ) : "It's the right time for Craig and it's a great step in his career," External link

bbc Friday, April 5, 2019 8:59:00 PM EAT

Gary Holt told ( about Craig Levein ) : "It's the right time for Craig and it's a great step in his career," External link

bbc Thursday, April 4, 2019 4:32:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about Craig Levein ) : "I'm delighted Craig has committed to signing. "He's a talented player and, at 23, is at an age where he can continue to develop and progress. This club is the right place for him to do so" External link

bbc Monday, April 1, 2019 4:12:00 PM EAT

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Craig Levein said ( about John Souttar ) : "If it wasn't for his injury problems, Souttar would have 30 Scotland caps - rather than his current tally of three - and be playing in the English Premier League" External link

bbc Friday, November 5, 2021 4:12:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein told ( about Charlie Mulgrew ) : “Charlie Mulgrew is like a Rolls-Royce,” External link

thecourier Thursday, November 4, 2021 4:02:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “Tony Asghar will be delighted with the progress being made under Tam Courts,” External link

thecourier Thursday, November 4, 2021 4:02:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein told : “The last few years have been far from ideal, pretty horrible at times to be honest,” External link

thecourier Sunday, June 6, 2021 7:40:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “My career has come full circle and I’m genuinely excited by the challenge at Brechin,” External link

thecourier Sunday, June 6, 2021 7:40:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein told : “People may look at where I’ve been – Hearts, Dundee United, Leicester and Scotland and wonder what is in this for me ,” External link

thecourier Friday, June 4, 2021 9:21:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “Brechin have a tough job ahead of them and will need to have bags of resilience, focus and stamina to get back to league Two,” External link

thecourier Friday, June 4, 2021 5:15:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein says : "He played as a winger at times back then. He had good pace, was aggressive - in a positive way - even at that age," "I had a meeting with his mum, who said he wasn't academically-minded. So she was concerned Cowdenbeath didn't have a professional youth team and he'd have to get a part-time job when he just wanted to play football. "Gordon McDougall, who was chairman at the time, was a big Hibs supporter so he arranged for him to go in there. The rest is history" External link

bbc Friday, May 14, 2021 10:43:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein told : "For me it just summed up how awfully bad things have gone for Celtic," External link

belfasttelegraph Tuesday, January 19, 2021 8:01:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein added : "He's frustrated because he expects better from that group of players," External link

bbc Monday, November 23, 2020 11:29:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "James Forrest is a different animal," "If he comes on late in the game, the decision-making will definitely be better. "There is a point about him and Ryan Fraser. Both thinkers, both two guys that, if there's a situation where they feel under pressure, they will manage to get something from it. "There's also a lot of players [against Israel] who didn't perform. I'm Lyndon Dykes' biggest fan and he didn't perform. I just think the whole team lacked energy and aggression and looked leggy" External link

bbc Thursday, November 19, 2020 3:04:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about Steve Clarke ) : "The big advantage that Steve has is that they have qualified for this tournament, so that will be uppermost in the players' minds when they think about coming back to seeing their friends again," "And that is what it will be. A friendly group who have experienced something really positive together. He's got that in his favour" External link

bbc Thursday, November 19, 2020 3:04:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "James Forrest is a different animal," "If he comes on late in the game, the decision-making will definitely be better. "There is a point about him and Ryan Fraser. Both thinkers, both two guys that, if there's a situation where they feel under pressure, they will manage to get something from it. "There's also a lot of players [against Israel] who didn't perform. I'm Lyndon Dykes' biggest fan and he didn't perform. I just think the whole team lacked energy and aggression and looked leggy" External link

bbc Thursday, November 19, 2020 12:31:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about Steve Clarke ) : "The big advantage that Steve has is that they have qualified for this tournament, so that will be uppermost in the players' minds when they think about coming back to seeing their friends again," "And that is what it will be. A friendly group who have experienced something really positive together. He's got that in his favour" External link

bbc Thursday, November 19, 2020 12:31:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein believes : "Dykes provides us with something different" "We need a striker who can score goals, who can hold the ball up, and who can run the channels," External link

bbc Tuesday, October 6, 2020 11:48:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein says : "I had absolutely no worries about putting him in against Aberdeen," "He played because he was training so well. I watched all the youth games and he steadily improved from the period where he came back to us from Celtic. "I had a little bit of doubt about throwing him in at Celtic Park but he proved that he's more than capable of doing the job" External link

bbc Friday, September 25, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein adds : "He's got really good defensive qualities but I don't know if he'll end up being a full-back, he might end up going back into midfield," "He could be a fantastic holding midfielder with his great awareness of danger and his ability to get out of tight situations with the ball at his feet" External link

bbc Friday, September 25, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein told : "Celtic tried to buy him back half-a-dozen times and that just got knocked back," External link

bbc Tuesday, August 4, 2020 9:57:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “You wouldn’t normally catch me smiling after a 5-1 defeat,” External link

thecourier Friday, July 24, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said : "He was on the groundstaff at Hearts way back in 1983. He was a good lad and I've had quite a lot of dealings with him over the years," External link

bbc Tuesday, July 7, 2020 8:04:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein added : “If he doesn’t win matches then those noises will grow. It’s just the way it is” External link

thecourier Monday, June 29, 2020 9:49:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about Robbie Neilson ) : "I had a long conversation with Robbie in November and he intimated he would like to come back to Hearts at some point. "I didn't think it would be as soon as this. I think he regretted leaving at the time he did. He went to Hearts as a 15-year-old kid, so has a really strong connection [with the club]. I'm convinced it's the right move for him" External link

bbc Monday, June 22, 2020 4:35:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein replied : "When I got the sack, I think. "It was misery at that time. I really did struggle. I was at that stage of my career where I had loads of energy and I wanted to do so much more and taking the international job was such a fantastic thing" External link

bbc Tuesday, June 16, 2020 10:28:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein added ( about Ann Budge ) : "The leadership for this whole situation should have come from the centre," "They need to come up with innovative ideas to move forward, it shouldn't be left to Rangers or Ann Budge. "That responsibility belongs with the board and the executives. I don't think they have done a very good job" External link

bbc Tuesday, June 9, 2020 1:22:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "At the start of the season, everybody were saying it was the best squad Hearts had in a long time. " External link

bbc Monday, June 8, 2020 5:03:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “Callumn runs on extra-energy batteries! He just keeps going and going and going. He has so much energy and what has always been good about his game is his willingness to cross the ball with both feet. That quality gives the midfielders and the strikers the energy to make up ground and get into the penalty box when they know that sort of service is coming in” External link

stokesentinel Tuesday, November 19, 2019 11:59:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I'm the one that's in the bunker just now and dealing with all the shots that are getting fired in," External link

bbc Thursday, October 31, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said : "It's good that they are testing it for us, so when we get it we know what we are doing," "It's interpretation isn't it? I think that's the problem [In England]. I hear they are maybe going to alter it slightly and let the referee use the pitch-side monitor. "They will get it right in England at some point and we can just copy them" External link

bbc Tuesday, October 29, 2019 3:01:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I feel that going into every match we should be winning matches at home," "It's the responsibility of myself and the players to carry that, if you want to call it a burden. "But for me, it's just another opportunity to play in front of a full house at home, which should be the thing you become a football player for. It's a game against the most in-form team in the league. "Games against Rangers recently have not been as good as we would have liked, which is another thing we would like to make up for" External link

bbc Friday, October 18, 2019 2:04:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "Peter is back from Austria and he's starting training," External link

bbc Tuesday, September 24, 2019 4:38:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "He won't be far from coming back. "Walker is improving, John is improving, Steven is improving," "In the next couple of weeks I'm sure we'll start to see players coming back which makes me feel much better" External link

bbc Tuesday, September 24, 2019 4:38:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I was looking for was a turnaround in our fortunes," "It's been a good day for us and we cut out all the silly mistakes which have plagued us defensively this season so far" External link

bbc Monday, September 23, 2019 9:16:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said : "Up to the point where Mallan, scored I felt that our defence were excellent and hadn't really caused us many problems," "It was down to the great character and the fighting spirit the players showed to get back into the match. If we left here without three points, I'd have felt that we'd been robbed. "I felt that the overall bravery of the team and the willingness to just roll the sleeves up and keep going had as much a part to play as the change of the personnel and change of shape. "I must credit them enormously and I'm so pleased for the supporters. We sold out all our tickets at a time when we're not our best, so that was for them - they've obviously had a difficult time as well" External link

bbc Monday, September 23, 2019 9:16:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said : "My interest is purely making Hearts as good as they can possibly be and I believe I can do that with this group of players," "If I didn't think that then I wouldn't be here - it's as simple as that. There isn't any situation where I've looked and thought we've not got the players to get us out of this" External link

bbc Friday, September 20, 2019 2:58:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I've been in the game long enough to know that the situation we're in," "Being bottom of the table with two points after five matches - is not a great situation to be in. "I'm well aware of the circumstances and what we need to do" External link

bbc Friday, September 20, 2019 2:58:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein added : "Whoever starts the game in a positive manner I'm sure will have the supporters behind them," External link

bbc Friday, September 20, 2019 2:58:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "Do I feel my position is untenable? I don't. I feel I am more than capable of improving results," "It is just part of the job. Supporters get frustrated that their team at home should be winning. "My focus is just on the game. I don't try and listen to anything else. It's not helpful" External link

bbc Sunday, September 15, 2019 10:24:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein added ( about Ann Budge ) : "I speak to Ann Budge regularly. We talk about results and if results aren't good then we look to improve. It is a normal conversation" External link

bbc Sunday, September 15, 2019 10:24:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said : “I would never ask the supporters to blindly support a team,” External link

thetimes Friday, September 13, 2019 2:12:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I think there is a madness going around just now," External link

bbc Thursday, August 22, 2019 2:43:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about error ) : "It seemed to be everything that they did was a mistake or fraught with some sort of error," "But when players get nervous sometimes they do tend to think 'I don't want to make a mistake so I'll play safe', but playing safe is not the answer to playing good football" External link

bbc Sunday, August 11, 2019 10:31:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said : "Aaron is a young kid who's only played four or five first-team matches," External link

bbc Monday, August 5, 2019 9:16:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "Aaron is a young kid who's only played four or five first team matches," External link

bbc Monday, August 5, 2019 2:11:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "The start of the league season is something different," External link

bbc Saturday, July 27, 2019 11:35:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I think what we saw today was the team beginning to think how the hell are we going to score when we keep passing up these opportunities," "I think East Fife will have gone it half time thinking they had got out of jail really. The game should have been dead and buried, but I've got to credit them - they came out in the second half, fought really hard and I think they scored with their second shot on goal" External link

bbc Saturday, July 27, 2019 11:35:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "We had to work far too hard," "We missed far too many chances but we didn't feel sorry for ourselves and kept plugging away and we should have won by a hell of a lot more" External link

bbc Thursday, July 25, 2019 12:07:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein told : “He’s a great boy and he works very, very hard,” External link

derbytelegraph Tuesday, July 23, 2019 12:43:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein added : "We’ve got more attacking players this season than we had last season so he just couldn’t force his way into the team on a regular basis. Ryan Edwards applauds Hearts fans after their Scottish Cup final defeat to Celtic (Image: Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images) “His view on that was ‘fine, but I want to play’, which I get, so I’m quite happy for him to leave. I like having conversations with people who are honest and say ‘look, I don’t want to cause you any trouble, but I want to play.’ We’ll get quite a hefty sell-on and he gets to play, which is important for him. If Burton were to move for the Australia Under-23 international, they would be getting a model professional, according to Levein. “He was great for us - he did his work every single day," “He came back from St Mirren in January and didn’t play until April but every single day in training he worked his backside off, and that’s partly what got him into the squad towards the end of the season. I completely understand his position in wanting to play” External link

derbytelegraph Tuesday, July 23, 2019 12:43:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I will bring in another midfielder," "I'm going to take some time and make sure we get the right one in" External link

bbc Monday, July 15, 2019 1:35:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "We're pretty sure we know what the problem is," "We just want to be certain. We've had one opinion and we're waiting on another" External link

bbc Monday, July 15, 2019 1:35:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "He showed signs in pre-season and was certainly working hard over the summer and kept himself in good shape," "He was more prominent in the running that we did in pre-season, so that gave me some encouragement. "We know he's talented, there's no question of that, but in that midfield area there needs to be a physical element as well, so I'm glad he's improved on that front" External link

bbc Monday, July 15, 2019 1:35:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I don't know if that's a direct consequence," "But it certainly couldn't have helped so I've got to take some responsibility for that. It was a risk and reward thing because when he was out the team, we struggled a little bit to fill that gap. "The question now is that in the pelvic area there are so many different things that interact. Sometimes it's not just one problem, it can be more than that. "He's away down south to get another investigation and we'll get results on that towards the end of the week so I'm hopeful we'll find out exactly what we need to fix" External link

bbc Wednesday, July 10, 2019 4:17:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “We are talking about him moving back to England if he can find something,” External link

thesundaytimes Monday, July 1, 2019 8:57:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said : “We are talking about him moving back to England if he can find something,” External link

thetimes Monday, July 1, 2019 2:28:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said : "There are one or two things to sort out, but other than that, I'm sure he will be playing for Hearts next season," External link

bbc Thursday, June 27, 2019 11:02:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “I think something abroad was going to be the temptation. I don’t think England is of any interest to him and he did mention MLS,” External link

tamworthherald Thursday, June 27, 2019 1:44:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “I think something abroad was going to be the temptation. I don’t think England is of any interest to him and he did mention MLS,” External link

birminghammail Wednesday, June 19, 2019 12:49:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “I think something abroad was going to be the temptation. I don’t think England is of any interest to him and he did mention MLS,” External link

birminghammail Thursday, June 6, 2019 7:26:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “I think something abroad was going to be the temptation. I don’t think England is of any interest to him and he did mention MLS,” External link

tamworthherald Tuesday, June 4, 2019 4:57:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “I think something abroad was going to be the temptation. I don’t think England is of any interest to him and he did mention MLS,” External link

birminghammail Tuesday, June 4, 2019 2:04:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I thought we tried as hard as we could to win the match," "Unfortunately, we didn't manage to do that either for ourselves or the supporters. "It was competitive. We frustrated Celtic for long periods and we broke quickly when we regained possession. "We're playing against a good side. We did lose moments of concentration and in the match I think I could count them on one hand. We lost a couple of goals and that's ultimately what's cost us" External link

bbc Saturday, May 25, 2019 11:44:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "What encourages more than anything else about the state of the football club is the quality of young players we've got. Aaron is just another one," "That keeps me going and makes me feel that we can improve - and I'm absolutely certain we can" External link

bbc Saturday, May 25, 2019 11:44:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I thought we tried as hard as we could to win the match," "Unfortunately, we didn't manage to do that either for ourselves or the supporters. "It was competitive. We frustrated Celtic for long periods and we broke quickly when we regained possession. "We're playing against a good side and we did lose moments of concentration and in the match I think I could count them on one hand. We lost a couple of goals and that's ultimately what's cost us" External link

bbc Saturday, May 25, 2019 10:46:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein added : "The good news is most of our injuries have cleared up. Getting those players back makes me feel better," "There's no room for nerves, the overriding feeling is excitement" External link

bbc Thursday, May 23, 2019 11:13:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein added : "The good news is most of our injuries have cleared up. Getting those players back makes me feel better," "There's no room for nerves, the overriding feeling is excitement" External link

bbc Thursday, May 23, 2019 7:45:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “I think something abroad was going to be the temptation. I don’t think England is of any interest to him and he did mention MLS,” External link

tamworthherald Tuesday, May 21, 2019 10:30:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein confirmed : "He'll be out for around 10 weeks," External link

bbc Tuesday, May 21, 2019 11:50:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein added : "It's hugely disappointing news for us and especially for Olly," "He twisted his knee on the pitch with nobody around him on Sunday and at the time it didn't look too good. "Missing out on a cup final is hard to take, so Olly now has to focus on his rehab and target making a comeback for the beginning of the next league campaign" External link

bbc Tuesday, May 21, 2019 11:50:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein added ( about Arnaud Djoum ) : "We'll continue to monitor the progress of Haring and Djoum this week," "And I expect Harry Cochrane to return from illness, so we will have options in midfield for Saturday's game" External link

bbc Tuesday, May 21, 2019 11:50:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said : "It's that close in making sure they are alright for the final and weighing up whether training is more important than game time," "They (Haring and Ikpeazu) are both doing a little bit today so things should become clearer possibly by the beginning of the week to find out where they are" External link

bbc Friday, May 17, 2019 2:16:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein added : "It will be a younger squad, definitely," "How many of the youngsters start we have to wait and see. I'm inclined to give some of them some experience and some game time. At the same time have a look at a couple of things shape wise. "Of course it is [a meaningful game]. It's a funny situation to be in, to deal with. A number of scenarios are going through my head. Obviously my main focus is to make sure we have got all of our best players available for the final" External link

bbc Friday, May 17, 2019 2:16:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein answered ( about Arnaud Djoum ) : "Yeah of course. There are three of them. Arnaud, Uche and Peter. Arnaud's Achilles has been bothering him so that obviously is a little issue but to be honest I'm hopeful all three will be fine" External link

bbc Friday, May 17, 2019 2:16:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "We haven't been at our best recently but I do believe we can pull out a performance when needed," External link

bbc Wednesday, May 8, 2019 3:01:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I'll make some changes over the next couple of games for sure," "Looking at us sporadically over the last wee while, we've picked up a few results when we needed to. "If I can make sure everybody who I feel can help us on that particular day is fit and available, then that will give us the best chance possible" External link

bbc Wednesday, May 8, 2019 3:01:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I'd like to be in great form going into the final but if we're not, I'm not particularly concerned about that. "We've proved we can raise our game for particular matches and that's what we'll need to do. "If that is the case then it's incumbent on me we get as many players fit and available so selection can be from a wide band" External link

bbc Wednesday, May 8, 2019 3:01:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "He was ill before the match as well, so I didn't know if he was going to be able to start," "All credit to him that he managed to stay on because he did look a little bit under the weather today, but he kept going, he constantly put pressure on the Hibs defence and he got his just rewards for it" External link

bbc Monday, April 29, 2019 2:56:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "We are getting there - we're quite far down the road with Peter and Steven and making progress," "I had a good meeting with Steven during the week and was copied into an email between Peter's agent and the club about clauses and wording and stuff like that, so we are at that stage" External link

bbc Friday, April 26, 2019 2:38:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "If we can get Peter, Steven and Arnaud, we have got the spine and what I would call the building blocks for the next two or three years," External link

bbc Friday, April 26, 2019 2:38:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about John Souttar ) : "I'm not sure John would go there to be honest. No, I don't think so," External link

derbytelegraph Thursday, April 25, 2019 9:49:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein warned : "Right now I don't know who is playing in the final so there are opportunities there for people to stake a claim," External link

belfasttelegraph Monday, April 22, 2019 12:10:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “It was brilliant . . . shame on anyone who didn’t watch it,” External link

thetimes Friday, April 19, 2019 2:56:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about John Souttar ) : "I'm not sure John would go there to be honest. No, I don't think so," External link

bbc Thursday, April 18, 2019 2:53:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about Steven Naismith ) : "If he can make it, fine," "I'm not relying on that and we need to prepare without him and, if he makes it, that's a bonus. "I'm sure if Steven is capable of playing in the cup final then he will and you know what type of character he is. "I wouldn't gamble. There are certain things you make a lot worse. The chances of us taking a risk are low. "The worst outcome is really bad and I don't think it's worth that - especially if he is going to be here long term" External link

bbc Thursday, April 18, 2019 2:53:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about Alex McLeish ) : "I just think it's a mistake. I think Alex deserves a chance to carry on," "That's my personal opinion and we'll see. I hope he stays on" External link

bbc Thursday, April 18, 2019 1:44:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein told : "We've haven't been in the best of form recently, so it was important to play with a calmness and clear heads," External link

bbc Sunday, April 14, 2019 12:24:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "We had opportunities but not as many as I'd have liked," "I didn't think we'd lose a goal but the occasion maybe got to the players - it's the first time a lot of them have played here. "Second half, we controlled the match. Bobby has made one save. I wasn't even looking. We needed him on that occasion and he was there" External link

bbc Sunday, April 14, 2019 12:24:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “I had to laugh when that came up,” External link

thetimes Friday, April 12, 2019 2:26:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein recalls : "When you got your one chance, invariably he'd put the ball in the back of the net," "Then we'd get our bonus and we'd pat him on the back and say 'well done wee man'" External link

bbc Thursday, April 11, 2019 8:43:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about George Burley ) : "I feel in some ways that I didn't do him any favours because of the regime that came in," "I felt as though if they'd supported him a little bit longer I think Robbo would've had the opportunity to do the things that George or other managers did" External link

bbc Thursday, April 11, 2019 8:43:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "When we lose to Hibs I expect to hear boos," "Nobody is more disappointed than me. I don't know where [speculation] has come from. People say I'm moving to Spain - I don't even like Spain. "I'm fully focused, I was happy with our performance today, losing against Hibs is always sore for everybody and nobody hurts as much as I do" External link

bbc Sunday, April 7, 2019 10:27:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein told : "We played reasonably well, created enough opportunities to win, but we didn't. That's the end of the story," External link

bbc Sunday, April 7, 2019 10:27:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said : "When we lose to Hibs I expect to hear boos," "Nobody is more disappointed than me. I don't know where [speculation] has come from. People say I'm moving to Spain - I don't even like Spain. "I'm fully focused, I was happy with our performance today, losing against Hibs is always sore for everybody and nobody hurts as much as I do" External link

bbc Saturday, April 6, 2019 5:40:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein told : "We played reasonably well, created enough opportunities to win, but we didn't. That's the end of the story," External link

bbc Saturday, April 6, 2019 5:40:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about Michael Smith ) : "Uche brings an aggression, pace and hunger to the front line that we don't have if he's not in the team," "Having scored against Aberdeen he's in a good place. "Michael, providing he gets through training today, comes back into the side as he is one of our most important players. If they are both ready and available then that makes me feel good as well" External link

bbc Friday, April 5, 2019 2:32:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "He's a talented player and is at an age where he can continue to develop and progress. This club is the right place for him to do so" External link

bbc Wednesday, April 3, 2019 9:20:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said : "He's passed all the tests so far and he feels good," "Providing everything goes well for the rest of the week, he should be okay for the Hibs match" External link

bbc Tuesday, April 2, 2019 2:22:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "He won't make the Rangers game, but I'm pretty confident he will be okay for Saturday," "The guidelines are very strict, but he was fine on Sunday morning when I spoke to him" External link

bbc Tuesday, April 2, 2019 2:22:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I'm a huge admirer of Craig's," "I see him as an up-and-coming young Scottish centre-back. "If he continues to make the improvement he's made at Livingston then having him, John Souttar, Christophe Berra and Clevid Dikamona for next season makes me feel pretty good" External link

bbc Tuesday, April 2, 2019 2:22:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about Craig Levein ) : "I'm delighted Craig has committed to signing. "He's a talented player and, at 23, is at an age where he can continue to develop and progress. This club is the right place for him to do so" External link

bbc Monday, April 1, 2019 4:12:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "It just makes me think 'thank God I'm not doing that any more'. It's nonsense, the whole thing," "We are a play-off away from qualifying through the Nations League. I think everyone has to calm down a little bit. It seems that everybody is in such a hurry to hand out stick. And it doesn't help the manager and it doesn't help the players. "There are deeper lying issues and I think we need to take just a step back and have a little bit of patience. I know we are not going to but we don't have any choice" External link

bbc Thursday, March 28, 2019 11:32:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “It just makes me think, ‘thank God I’m not doing that any more’,” External link

yorkpress Thursday, March 28, 2019 9:17:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “It just makes me think, ‘thank God I’m not doing that any more’,” External link

chesterfirst Thursday, March 28, 2019 5:57:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "It just makes me think 'thank god I'm not doing that anymore'. It's nonsense, the whole thing," "We are a play-off away from qualifying through the Nations League. I think everyone has to calm down a little bit. It seems that everybody is in such a hurry to hand out stick. And it doesn't help the manager and it doesn't help the players. "There are deeper lying issues and I think we need to take just a step back and have a little bit of patience. I know we are not going to but we don't have any choice" External link

bbc Thursday, March 28, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "Managers sometimes talk rubbish don't they - including myself," "He doesn't half get some rough treatment, everyone think it's okay to have a pop at him just because he's a big guy. "But to be fair to him he has handled it well, I don't know if I would be quite as calm under some of the provocation he gets" External link

bbc Friday, March 15, 2019 6:55:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "Managers sometimes talk rubbish don't they - including myself," "He doesn't half get some rough treatment, everyone think it's okay to have a pop at him just because he's a big guy. "But to be fair to him he has handled it well, I don't know if I would be quite as calm under some of the provocation he gets" External link

bbc Thursday, March 14, 2019 5:50:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I'm quite happy with the way things are going," "I know it's a bit away but I'm quite happy with how we are looking going into next season. "I think we will only need to make two or three signings in the summer, all being well" External link

bbc Thursday, March 14, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "He had an agreement that if he won a penalty he'd get to take it," "Unless the other 10 players get injured, I would doubt [that Ikpeazu will take another]" External link

bbc Wednesday, March 13, 2019 1:42:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "We've been in dialogue with Aidy for a year and feel now is the right time to bring him in," "He's got a lot of work to do in order to reach the level we think he's capable of but I'm confident he can fulfil his potential and prove to be a vital cog in the wheel as we look towards the future" External link

bbc Saturday, March 9, 2019 4:55:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about Steven Naismith ) : “I believe Steven is happy here but again it depends on whether something else comes up in the next couple of months that piques his interest. But I’ll keep plugging away” External link

tamworthherald Friday, March 8, 2019 8:37:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about Arnaud Djoum ) : “I want Arnaud to stay but he said to me a while ago that if something comes up that at his age is worth an awful lot of money, then he would probably look to take it” External link

tamworthherald Friday, March 8, 2019 8:37:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about Steven Naismith ) : "I was speaking to him yesterday so it's unfortunate," "I feel for Steven more than anybody else. Obviously he was wanting to be involved in Monday [Hearts' Scottish Cup quarter-final with Partick Thistle] and now we have a replay and we hope to get through to other big games ahead. He is also sitting in 49 caps and one away from his 50th. "He is a player whose generation has kind of missed out on reaching a major final and there is a chance Scotland could reach a major final. So I feel sorry for him. "He worked ever so hard the last time and then this happens again" External link

bbc Thursday, March 7, 2019 3:38:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "I don't understand how we didn't get it," External link

bbc Tuesday, March 5, 2019 1:41:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about Steven Naismith ) : “I believe Steven is happy here but again it depends on whether something else comes up in the next couple of months that piques his interest. But I’ll keep plugging away” External link

tamworthherald Wednesday, February 27, 2019 10:59:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about Arnaud Djoum ) : “I want Arnaud to stay but he said to me a while ago that if something comes up that at his age is worth an awful lot of money, then he would probably look to take it” External link

tamworthherald Wednesday, February 27, 2019 10:59:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : “Sean is beating himself up about it. He got spun round, the ball hit the back of his head and went in. That summed up our day. We were poor and will need to be better on Wednesday against Celtic, but that game will at least provide its own pressure” External link

thetimes Sunday, February 24, 2019 5:12:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said : “Through his efforts at Hearts he has got himself back in to the Scotland squad and scored important goals at that level,” External link

tamworthherald Saturday, February 16, 2019 11:29:00 AM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about Steven Naismith ) : "Steven is not a guy who is prone to knee-jerk reactions," External link

tamworthherald Friday, February 15, 2019 8:43:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said : "Steven is not a guy who is prone to knee-jerk reactions," "He'll think long and hard about what his next move is. "He's in a good place right now, he's got himself back in the national team, he's hugely respected at Hearts. If the national team qualify for a major tournament, I'm sure Steven will be a big part of that. "I think all of these things are easier for him if he is still at Hearts, so I'm hopeful that he will stay" External link

bbc Friday, February 15, 2019 4:44:00 PM EAT



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Mark Scott explains ( about Craig Levein ) : “If I was getting back into football, I thought it would be more at junior level. I got the phone call from Craig Levein and it was an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down,” External link

thecourier Friday, December 3, 2021 8:35:00 PM EAT

Ann Budge said ( about Craig Levein ) : “I questioned deeply whether it was the right thing to do, to allow Craig to have both roles,” External link

pressandjournal Monday, November 4, 2019 7:41:00 PM EAT

Austin MacPhee said ( about Craig Levein ) : "It's not my first rodeo in this role as interim manager," "I had two games when Craig had a heart problem, and I had a whole week of training when Craig wasn't there. We had a really positive performance and beat St Mirren 4-1 and won against Motherwell. "And the other time I stood in for Craig was ironically when he was suspended for comments about Rangers having 13 men when we lost 2-1 at Tynecastle. That was my third game, against Livingston (Hearts won 1-0). "My previous experiences have ended well and I hope Sunday ends well. It gives you confidence that you can potentially do the job. "I am just going to do what I have done before which has led to the team winning when I have been interim manager" External link

bbc Saturday, November 2, 2019 12:10:00 AM EAT

John Robertson told ( about Craig Levein ) : "I'm sure once Craig gets them back and into the team, they'll start to pick up points," External link

bbc Monday, October 28, 2019 4:00:00 PM EAT

John Robertson told ( about Craig Levein ) : "I'm sure once Craig gets them back and into the team, they'll start to pick up points," External link

bbc Monday, October 28, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Derek McInnes said ( about Craig Levein ) : "Craig has been battered from pillar to post," "For me, seeing other managers under real scrutiny and real debate this early on in the season is really disappointing. We're in real danger of going down same road as what happens in England. "Last year, managers lost their jobs in August, but it used to be at least October or November before people even questioned a manager. If a manager is put in place, give him the chance to manage" External link

bbc Tuesday, September 24, 2019 7:01:00 PM EAT

John Robertson said ( about Craig Levein ) : "We'll both be assassins for our team - that's the job," "We were like that as players, and we're like that as managers. Craig won't give one jot about us on Saturday, during the game, and after the game if they win, and that's the same for us. One of us is going to a Hampden final, and I desperately hope it's me" External link

bbc Saturday, April 13, 2019 12:01:00 AM EAT

John Robertson says ( about Craig Levein ) : "You've got Craig and myself, team-mates for many years and good friends," "We've got masses of respect for each other" External link

bbc Thursday, April 11, 2019 8:43:00 PM EAT

Gary Holt told ( about Craig Levein ) : "It's the right time for Craig and it's a great step in his career," External link

bbc Friday, April 5, 2019 8:59:00 PM EAT

Gary Holt told ( about Craig Levein ) : "It's the right time for Craig and it's a great step in his career," External link

bbc Thursday, April 4, 2019 4:32:00 PM EAT

Craig Levein said ( about Craig Levein ) : "I'm delighted Craig has committed to signing. "He's a talented player and, at 23, is at an age where he can continue to develop and progress. This club is the right place for him to do so" External link

bbc Monday, April 1, 2019 4:12:00 PM EAT