PAUL Hegarty is being lined up as assistant to new aberdeen manager Alex Miller. Miller has been given permission to speak to Hegarty, Hearts' reserve coach, by Tynecastle chairman Chris Robinson. Hegarty will be offered a three-year deal at Pittodrie as Miller starts the campaign to take his new side away from the bottom of the Premier Division. Miller was thought to favour someone with an Aberdeen connection, such as Alex McLeish or Jocky Scott as his No.2 but was impressed by Hegarty when he coached the under-17 Scotland side. Hegarty also won the Reserve League title with Hearts and is part of the management team that has taken the Edinburgh club to the top of the Premier Division. Robinson had offered Hegarty a lucrative new contract but it seems the lure of Pittodrie will be too great. While the Hearts man seems set to move north, Miller has denied that Tottenham's out-of-favour Scotland defender Colin Calderwood is another imminent arrival in the Granite City. Miller said: 'Colin has a new manager [Christian Gross] at Tottenham so we don't know what the situation is there and I haven't made an inquiry. But if he does become available, we would look at the situation as he is an international quality player and the type I would like to bring to the club.' Calderwood, 32, who was outstanding in Scotland's recent 2-1 defeat in France, is now the fifth-choice centre-back at Spurs behind England internationals Sol Campbell, John Scales and Gary Mabbutt and Switzerland's Ram-on Vega. The Scot was not even on the bench for Monday's home defeat by Crystal Palace, watched by Christian Gross, and has planned immediate talks with the new boss.