Former Nottingham Forest and Charlton Athletic midfielder Michael Stewart has been described as Hearts boss Craig Levein’s worst signing according to reports by the Daily Record.

Stewart and former boss Levein have become locked in a war of words with the former Manchester United apprentice having upset the Hearts boss with comments made about both his management and club in the media.

Levein has stated that he believes that Stewart’s criticism is personal while the 53-year-old has claimed that the player was the worst signing he has ever made at Tynecastle with the Jambos having paid just £1-a-week to take the midfielder on loan from Manchester United during the 2004/2005 campaign.

Stewart’s first loan deal of his senior career saw him move to Sky Bet Championship club Nottingham Forest however his spell at The City Ground was hugely disappointing and the player made just 13 appearances in all competitions for The Reds in which he failed to score.

His loan move to Hearts followed before Stewart signed for bitter rivals Hibernian where he finally got some regular football under his belt. Stewart returned to Hearts for a further three-year spell at Tyencastle in summer 2007 prior to an injury hit European adventure with Turkish club Genclerbirligi.

After leaving Turkey, Stewart returned to England in a bid to resurrect his playing career and the player had a trial with Leeds United before joining Charlton Athletic where he made nine appearances in a short stint at The Valley.

Stewart now works as a football pundit for a number of different media sources including BBC Scotland and BT Sport.

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