Hearts: Billy Brown decision 'purely about cost' - BDO
Hearts administrator Bryan Jackson insists that the original decision to dispense with assistant manager Billy Brown was simply to save money.
Administrator BDO performed a U-turn last month by extending Brown's contract, first by two weeks and then until the end of February.
"I have a very tight cash-flow situation," Jackson told BBC Scotland.
"Hence, I didn't initially intend to renew Billy's contract only because it was running out and no other reason."
Bryan Jackson Hearts administrator
“It is not a huge cost and if that's what the football management are requesting of me then I have to be seen to be supporting them”
It meant that Brown was able to be in the dugout beside manager Gary Locke for Sunday's Scottish League Cup semi-final defeat by Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
"I'm in a temporary role trying to hold everything together during the administration and it's very difficult because I don't know my timescale," explained Jackson.
"But, generally speaking, I try to make decisions for the short-term rather than the long-term.
"What happened was that the senior football players made a request to see me.
"They made a point for keeping Billy, particularly with the semi-final ahead, and I've got to give the football side every support I can.
"So that was why I thought, Billy's contract doesn't run out until the end of the month, I can't see any harm in extending it for another month.
"It is not a huge cost and if that's what the football management are requesting of me then I have to be seen to be supporting them."
There has also been some quarters of the Hearts support calling into question Locke's own position as manager with the team a long way adrift at the foot of the Scottish Premiership.
"Gary has a contract with the club and I'm there on a temporary basis, so it doesn't make sense for me to try to do anything about that even if I wanted to," added Jackson.
"And I have to say I'm supportive of Gary in any case, although I know there are maybe some split feelings on that now.
"But that's not for me to say. I am just there to hold everything together."