Hearts have something special, says Don Cowie as Robbie Neilson departs

Robbie Neilson and Don Cowie
Cowie (right) was signed by Neilson 10 months ago after leaving Wigan

Hearts midfielder Don Cowie says there will be "an endless list" of candidates to succeed head coach Robbie Neilson, who is finalising a move to MK Dons.

With the Tynecastle club announcing that terms have been agreed, Neilson and assistant Stevie Crawford will switch to England's League One.

The 36-year-old leaves Hearts second in the Premiership following Wednesday's emphatic 2-0 win over Rangers.

"I feel we've really got something special here," Cowie told BBC Scotland.

Speaking directly after the game on Wednesday, he added: "Robbie has done a great job in his time here and I've been really impressed by him but if the lure of English football is one he thinks he can't turn down, then we have to respect that.

"There will be an endless list of people who want this job because this is a place on the up.

"It's got a great training ground and the finances are the best they've been in a long time."

On Friday morning Hearts will reveal the interim coaching arrangement for Saturday's trip to Ross County.

The Edinburgh club will then turn to finding Neilson's successor.

Newcastle coach Ian Cathro, who worked with Tynecastle director of football Craig Levein at Dundee United, is the bookmakers' favourite for the post.

St James' Park manager Rafa Benitez says there has been no contact regarding the 30-year-old, who has worked at Rio Ave in Portugal and Valencia in Spain.

"I don't know much about him but I know he's a young coach with experience in Spain and England, so he's obviously well respected," added Cowie.

"I've heard he likes to work with young players and there are lots of good young players here, so it would make sense."

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