Steven Naismith describes Hearts boardroom and avoiding 'trigger happy' misstep

Steven Naismith has already repaid the Hearts board for sticking by him when the going got tough earlier this season.

The Jambos have all but mathematically guaranteed third spot in the Premiership while this weekend they face Rangers at Hampden for a spot in the Scottish Cup Final later this season. It's a far cry from early on when Naismith was still finding his feet as interim boss before he was handed the reins as head coach for the first time in his career.

The season had its slow moments and there were times the support were a tad impatient before he steadied the ship. That's why he has always thanked the boardroom for sticking by him.

"I could have taken another job without that backing and I am having to do everything and then something has to compromise, as I have spoken about how intense it is," he told the Hearts Standard. "That is without dipping into these other areas of the club that many other managers have to.

"I've had a lot of help but it's been a collective all the way through. That is why we are in this position because we have a good strong board with people at the top who only want the best for the club and can see the bigger picture.

"Most clubs now that go through that pain inevitably have a bit of success," Naismith added. "Then the appointment becomes a good appointment.

"It's the ones who are trigger-happy and have three, four, five managers relatively quickly, you are never getting off stage one. You aren't getting that foundation built and to build upon. We are hopefully through that point now on all aspects of recruitment, the way we work, the way we are playing, getting youth through.

"This season is the hardest season to get that done. Now we can hopefully build on that and it becomes easier."