Falkirk boss Steven Pressley has expressed his sympathy for John McGlynn after he left Hearts.
The former Jam Tarts defender is among the names linked to replace McGlynn at Tynecastle, however he has reiterated his happiness with the Bairns.
Pressley played with the capital club between 1998 and 2006 before joining Celtic. He has been in charge of the First Division side since February 2010.
In a statement released by the club on Thursday morning, it was announced that McGlynn had left his position by mutual consent.
However, STV understands the manager was relieved of his duties.
Some bookmakers have Pressley as 10/1 to take up the job but he told STV: “I’m very happy at Falkirk. I’ve spoken about how happy I am at this football club and what we’re working towards here.
“So you can speculate all you like but the one thing I’ll say is I’m delighted I’m here and we have a chairman that fully understands the pathway we’re on and he’s a very stable and reliable man.”
Having joined in the summer, McGlynn left with Hearts sitting second bottom of the SPL table.
Pressley said: “I’m saddened because he’s a great man and he’s a football man that would have put his heart and soul into that football club. He’s had to endure a lot of managerial situations.
“The problem with that football club is the relationship between those at the top and the manager and that’s crucial for the long-term stability of any football club. I just don’t see it there.
“I’m very sad for John but does it surprise me? No.”
However asked if the club remained an attractive proposition for other managers, Pressley added: “The thing I will say about the football club is that it is a wonderful football club with terrific support. It’s a club with great potential maybe under different stewardship.”