Neilson appointed Tampa Bay Rowdies boss

Former Hearts manager  Robbie Neilson has been named manager of Tampa Bay Rowdies.

The club play in the USL Championship in the United States - immediately beneath Major League Soccer in the pyramid.

“I’m so grateful for the fantastic opportunity the ownership of the Rowdies has given me to help this club continue its development,” said Neilson. “It’s truly a great setup for soccer here in Tampa Bay. 

"There is a great training ground and all the facilities you need for the team to continue to progress and be successful. A big thing for me making the decision to come here is the good people already in place. 

"That is so important at any soccer club. There’s a real positivity here and there’s an ambition to continue to be successful. We’ve got a fantastic squad and now it’s about adding a bit more quality and energy to get it to the next level.

“First and foremost, fans can expect high energy from our squad.

"When it comes down to my team, work rate is the most important thing. Humility, honesty, and work ethic are the three things that I always focus on getting out of the clubs I have worked at. 

"Ultimately, it’s about winning football matches and historically, I’ve managed to do that at the clubs I’ve been at. We want to win the regular season, win the Eastern Conference, and ultimately win the whole thing.

 That’s the ultimate objective. There’s plenty of hard work to get there, but that’s where we’re setting our sights.”