John Robertson: My heart is with Inverness Caledonian Thistle
JOHN Robertson is adamant his only focus is managing Inverness Caledonian Thistle after speculation over a potential return to the club where he enjoys legendary status.
Hearts’ all-time greatest goalscorer was inevitably going to be linked with their managerial vacancy after Craig Levein’s sacking by the Tynecastle board last week.
Robertson hit a record 214 goals for the Jambos in a 17-year spell, broken only by a brief move to Newcastle.
After hanging up his boots, he left a coaching role at Livingston to take his first managerial job with Caley Thistle in 2002, steering them into the top-flight for the first time.
Hearts, under controversial Lithuanian Vladimir Romanov, came calling in 2004. But his managerial term with his beloved Jambos lasted seven months, despite reaching two cup semi-finals, progressing in Europe and finishing fifth in the league.
Deep emotional ties to Hearts remain, but Robertson’s gratitude to Caley Thistle for plucking him from the football scrapheap in June 2017 is equally strong.
The 55-year-old, who has earned great plaudits for rebuilding the relegated squad on a shoestring budget, said: “I’m totally focused on Inverness.