Former Hearts & Everton defender Gary Naysmith would love to return to Tynecastle as manager

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Hearts legend Gary Naysmith admits he would love to return to Tynecastle as manager one day – but insists he needs to prove himself at East Fife first.

The former Hearts favourite – who was part of the team that lifted the Scottish Cup in 1998 – took on the reins in Methil in December 2013 and led the club to the League Two title last season.

Current Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson is unlikely to be going anywhere soon, but former Scotland and Everton left-back Naysmith insists becoming the manager of Hearts would be a huge honour.

Gary NaysmithNaysmith, who was back at Tynecastle in midweek for a preview of the club’s new museum, said: “I would love to be a manager at a full-time club and if that’s Hearts, that would be brilliant.

“For me, I want to do well for East Fife and the ultimate aim has to be to try and get them into the Championship.

“As a footballer I wanted to get to the top level and as a manager I want to try and get to the top level.

“I’m happy where I am just now, I’m still learning my trade – it’s been a great grounding for me.

“I’ve been there for over 125 games now as manager and you learn.

“But one day I would love the chance to manage a club as big as Hearts. When you see something like the museum, you can see that it’s a proper football club with the history that goes with it.”

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