The appointment of Csaba Laszlo as boss of Hearts had led to a more settled squad of players claims skipper Christophe Berra. "At Hearts for the last two or three years, there has been a lot going in the background and in the media," the 23 year old said.
"You cannot say it doesn't affect people, it would affect anyone.
"But I think over the time a lot of the players have shown a lot of maturity and stuck together.
"Things have gone on this season as well but we have shown good character and come through with flying colours.
"I feel a lot more at ease and confident doing my job since the manager has come in.
"He is always there if you need to speak to him, he is not the kind of manager you are scared to go and knock on his door.
"Especially being the captain, I speak to him on a regular basis. He is always giving advice.
"He has helped a lot of players feel more at ease, for example Andrew Driver and Eggert Jonsson."
Laszlo has improved results since taking over in the summer.
"The manager has done remarkably well," Berra added. "We do a lot of different things in training.
"More or less 99% of the players have taken to him very well.
"The things he says in meetings and pre-match talks are very inspirational sometimes.
"Maybe in past seasons, it might go in one ear and out the other.
"But what the gaffer says is right and players go back home and think about it. That will hopefully improve us as players."