Hearts: No relegation ruin fears as reconstruction plans take shape – BBC News

Ann Budge has been talking to clubs as she prepares reconstruction plans

Hearts will not face face financial ruin should their relegation from the Scottish Premiership prove final.

The Tynecastle club were relegated from the Scottish Premiership on Monday after the season was ended early.

But they continue to consult clubs over their plan for league reconstruction with a view to avoiding demotion.

In the past week, there have been over 600 new pledges through Foundation of Hearts, while the club continue to have the backing of their benefactors.

Owner Ann Budge has been given the go-ahead to plot a temporary change to the league pyramid.

That would involve increasing the top flight for next term and prevent Hearts from dropping into the Championship but those plans will not be released until Monday at the earliest.

In a statement following their relegation, Hearts said no club “should be unfairly penalised” amid the Covid-19 pandemic and added that they are continuing to take legal advice.

Partick Thistle and Stranraer have also been relegated from their respective divisions after the early end to the season.

Budge previously co-chaired a reconstruction taskforce, only for that to be scrapped after top-flight clubs indicated they would not vote for a reconfiguration of the leagues.

Meanwhile, the departures of former Hearts manager Craig Levein and assistant Austin MacPhee are expected be confirmed at the end of May.

Both men have been seeing out their contracts behind the scenes after being removed from their roles late last year.

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