• Tynecastle mentor Levein opts for former Northern Ireland striker in quest to return to SPFL
  • Coach ends five years in the ranks at Jambos where he was entrusted with a variety of key roles
  • Praises Hearts women’s team for the way they improved in his spell in charge last season

TRUSTED ALLY...Levein has always believed in Kirk's abilities as a

ANDY KIRK has done his apprenticeship and now he has taken the leap of faith into management in his own right as boss of Highland League club Brechin City.

The 42-year-old former Hearts and Northern Ireland striker goes into the hotseat at Glebe Park after being headhunted for the role by his one-time Tynecastle mentor Craig Levein.

Ex-Scotland boss Levein is now a full-time football advisor at Brechin as they attempt to climb back into the SPFL following demotion last season and he believes Sport Careers Agency client Kirk is the right man to lead that mission.

Kirk, who scored 164 goals in 517 pro games in his playing career, is relishing the challenge after guiding the Hearts' women's team last season.

Andy worked in a variety of roles at the Jambos including a spell as interim first team coach alongside Jon Daly and a stint as assistant to Daniel Stendel in the German's ill-fated time in charge.

Kirk said: "I'd like to thank everyone at Hearts for their support over the years and for the opportunities I've been given.

"I've really enjoyed working with the women's team over the past ten months.

"Like everyone, they've had such a challenging year but they've been an absolute credit to themselves and the club. I'm proud to have been a part of their journey."

Kirk made his name as a player with his prowess in the penalty box that helped to earn him 11 caps for his country.

Coaching, though, is in his family DNA with dad Paul bossing Northern Irish side Lisburn Distillery after he hung up his boots.

Andy began his own coaching journey in the Rangers Academy but soon switched to Hearts where he had enjoyed five productive years as a player.

There he impressed Levein who was in charge of football operations at Tynecastle and now together they will try to plot a way back into the league for ambitious Brechin City.

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