Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Club News

Get to know the new Under 18s coach!

6 November 2013

We've dug deep to list ten things you might not already know about new Under 18s coach Darren Murray

New Under 18s coach Darren Murray has now taken the reins of the Sky Blues' next up-and-coming crop of youngsters but what about the man himself?

We spent a few minutes chatting Darren to unearth some little-known facts about the 43-year-old as he prepares to help shape the future of the club's youngsters.

Did you know...
  1. He is learning Spanish as part of his professional coaching licence.
  2. His son Stephane is named after retired French striker Stephane Adam who scored Hearts' second goal in the 2-1 Scottish Cup Final triumph over Rangers in 1998.
  3. His first Subbuteo team was West Ham...because they played in the same colour as Hearts and Subbuteo didn't make a Hearts team.
  4. His favourite coaching term is 'transition'. Why? "Because the game is all about transition. You're winning or losing, you've got the ball then you haven't, you've got momentum and then you lose it. It's all about transition," he says.
  5. His favourite food is spaghetti bolognese.
  6. His most prized possesion is the George Nicholson Award given to him by Hearts Youth Development.
  7. He recommended a 16-year-old Christophe Berra to Hearts without seeing him play. "You could just look at him and tell he'd got it." Berra went on to be sold by Hearts to Wolves for £2.5 million in 2009.
  8. His finest footballing moment was watching Hearts beat Hibernian 5-1 in the 2012 Scottish Cup Final. Former Sky Blues defender James McPake scored Hibs' only goal in that game.
  9. Darren was part of the 20,000-strong crowd that saw Hearts' title aspirations crumble in the final ten minutes in a 2-0 defeat to Dundee at Dens Park in May, 1986. Hearts only needed a draw, they had not lost in 27 straight games and  Dundee's Albert Kidd, who had not scored all season, got both late goals that gifted Celtic the league.
  10. Darren is a Hearts fan...

Advertisement block