Robbie Neilson stays tight-lipped after potential Hearts farewell
Last Updated: 01/12/16 7:32am
Robbie Neilson was remaining coy about his future on Wednesday evening after what looks certain to have been his last game in charge of Hearts.
Neilson is expected to be confirmed as MK Dons manager this week after holding talks with the Sky Bet League One club on Tuesday and he said 'What will be will be' after the Premiership game against Rangers.
The 36-year-old, who said he is planning further talks, is believed to have agreed personal terms in Milton Keynes while compensation is not expected to be a barrier.
Speaking ahead of the match at Tynecastle, Neilson said: "Tonight's not about me at all. It's about these 11 guys who are going out to play in front of a full house.
"I don't want it to be about me. It's about the fans coming to watch the players play, they have not come here to discuss the situation with me. I am here 100 per cent for the team."
Hearts went on to win the game 2-0 in convincing fashion to move into second place in the standings behind Celtic and Neilson again praised his players' efforts after the match.
He said: "It was a great performance from a young team who are progressing. There was real energy all over the team.
"It's going to be difficult to stay in second because it's still such a young group. There will be ups and downs and it's important to have patience.
"I'll be in tomorrow morning (Thursday) as usual and we'll talk about things. I expect it to be clarified then. What will be will be.
"It's a phenomenal place. There's nowhere else where the fans back the team like this and I've been lucky to be on the journey."
Ian Cathro has emerged as Hearts' No 1 choice to succeed Neilson,
The Newcastle assistant coach has previously worked with Hearts director of football Craig Levein, who has described him as a 'genius' for his methods in coaching young players.
Levein handed Cathro a senior role in Dundee United's youth academy at the age of 22 when he was manager at Tannadice.
Hearts use the Box Soccer coaching firm which Cathro developed to help their young players and Levein previously failed to persuade him to join the club in a different capacity at Tynecastle in 2014.