Richie Foran hopes Inverness can pile more misery on the Hearts players still awaiting their November wages in Saturday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash at Tynecastle.
It may be coincidental, but since Hearts players first suffered delayed payment of their wages this season, they have failed to score and collected one point from a possible 12.
"There's been some ups and downs in their club with their wages and stuff like that," said Foran. "Hopefully their players will be thinking about that. Hopefully it's an unsettled dressing room."
He added: "I don't know if it is but I don't think it can help not being paid on time.
"Maybe they're being messed about a little bit and hopefully it will affect their performance and hopefully their supporters can turn on them.
"That will only work to our benefit and we can take advantage of that."
Foran expressed sympathy for the situation Hearts' players find themselves in, with uncertainty surrounding the club after owner Vladimir Romanov announced he is keen to sell.
He added: "It's not the right situation to be in. It's very unprofessional. I do feel for them.
"It's happened to me in the past. It's happened to me at a couple of clubs, being messed about with wages.
"These players have mortgages to pay, they've got bills to pay and it's not like they're playing in the English Premier League and they've got millions in their bank accounts. They need their wages, they need it on time. It's a pity it's happening, it's disappointing, but they've also got to be professional and get on with it."