Steven Naismith believes he couldn't be at a better club than Heart of Midlothian as he looks to emulate the longevity of two managers he worked under during his playing career, David Moyes and Walter Smith.

Ahead of the Scottish Cup clash with Greenock Morton on Monday night, Naismith spoke of there being no better feeling in football than winning trophies, something he wants to do as a manager. However, he also spoke of success in terms of enjoying longevity at a club.

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“It’s a big thing for me because I’ve experienced it," he said. "The biggest place I’ve experienced it was Everton. What David Moyes did at Everton from the moment he came in until the moment he left, it’s incredible what he did at the club, and he did it steadily. He got them into the Champions League after being near enough relegated.

"Even just from chatting to him at the time, the sense of achievement he got from that is amazing. It’s high up in what success would mean to me, is something like that”.

“Walter Smith, everybody talks about him at Rangers and what he did. That’s going to be talked about for the next 50 years, that’s amazing. That excites me, that kind of thing, but winning does as well."

Long-term and football management are not great bedfellows. Naismith, even with his coaching career in its infancy, is well aware of that. There were calls for him to be sacked before he had even managed 30 games.

He is also well aware that he is at one of the best clubs in the UK for support and providing an environment that could lead to longevity.

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“Going back to David Moyes, West Ham fans haven’t been happy with him," he said. "What he’s done at the club is mental. But I get that’s where we’re at, that’s where social media and everything has brought us to this point that you probably don’t appreciate what you’ve got until you make the mistake of changing it.

“I’ve said this is a big first job, but I don’t think I could be at a better club. For where I’m at in terms of, I’m young, I’m going to make mistakes, am I getting the tools to make me better, am I getting time to right the mistakes I’ve made wrong? There’s no better job so I’m just delighted I’ve got the opportunity and it’s actually going well."