Nov 21 2012 By Andrew Weston
Motherwell assistant Kenny Black is desperate for Hearts to get through their current financial plight — but admits sentiment must be put to one side for 90 minutes on
Saturday when the Jambos come to town.
Last week, the Edinburgh outfit agreed an extension with HMRC that will allow the club further time to pay an outstanding tax bill.
It came just days after Tynecastle officials warned they could go bust within days.
Whilst concerned for the future of his former club, Black expects the current crop of players at Hearts to put financial woes to one side when they take to the field for Saturday’s lunchtime clash at Fir Park.
He said: “From a personal point of view, I spent five years there as a player and it is a fantastic club which is really well supported.
“Hopefully there will be some light at the end of the tunnel and the club can come through this.
“Players need to put aside the financial worries, if they can. I was not too surprised with them winning last Saturday at Tynecastle in front of a full house.
“The have economic problems off the park but have rallied round and have almost a siege mentality.”
He continued: “From our point of view, Hearts will be a test. We have a decent record against them at home and hopefully that continues.
“It’s a chance for us to lay down a marker before the rest of the games kick-off. If we can get three points, we could jump another place up the table.
“But Hearts will be desperate to do well and are a very talented side on their day.
“Their two centre-halves Zaliukas and Webster have been over the course before and are vastly experienced.
“They have also got players like Ryan Stevenson and ,of course, John Sutton who can’t even get a regular game.
“And the younger players John (McGlynn) knows have been given a chance this season and responded well.”
Meanwhile, Black admits the team bus was a happy place to be on Sunday following their 5-1 thrashing of in-form Inverness.
Goals from Jamie Murphy, Michael Higdon, Henrik Ojamaa, Adam Cummins and Omar
Daley secured an emphatic victory for the Steelmen and moved them back up to fourth place in the SPL.
“In fairness we have actually been in good form recently but the difference was we capped the performance off with goals,” Black said.
“Look at the league table, including Celtic, it’s very tight and a couple of victories can put you right up there. We don’t have a big squad but if we can keep the 12 or 13 regulars fit we will be as good as anybody.”