Date:Tuesday July 1 2008
The Daily Mail suggest that Hearts are suffering from a lack of leadership with all transfers both into and out of the club being held up due to poor communication under the Vladimir Romanov regime. The Lithuania based Russiann chief at Hearts is currently searching for a new head coach, although it would appear that his latest target, Jurgen Rober, is less than enthusiastic about the job.
'I have my opinions on how to coach and he has his ideas, said Rober
'Unfortunately, these ideas would not come together. Romanov has a different thought on how to move the club forward. I had this feeling that we couldn't come together.'
It would appear that no business is therefore being done back at Tynecastle while the search for a coach continues thus leaving several players in limbo.
Both clubs and players agents are apparantly furious and frustrated by a complete inability to get answers from anyone at the club.
The Mail report that one club trying to bid for a Hearts player has had five contacts to date with five different telephone numbers and two fax numbers for written bids. It would appear that none of these contacts have the authority to make a decision making the whole process time consuming and frustrating.
The first thought of all Clarets fans must be whether this refers to Burnley in their attempt to sign winger, Andrew Driver. Two bids have already been turned down to date and maybe Owen Coyle's suggestion that the 'ball was now firmly in Hearts court' is connected with this poor communication with no third bid going to be placed unless Hearts approach the club.
The Mail certainly mention Andrew Driver and the connection with Burnley and also club captain Christophe Berra who is a Wolves target.
Wolves chief executive Jez Moxley is quoted as saying:
'We're being thwarted by the other side's lack of response.'
One furious agent also said:
'No one seems to know what's going on there. You get the impression no one is even in direct contact with Romanov.'
Anatoly Korobochka,Hearts sport director is in charge at the moment but the club have been without even a caretaker manager since Stevie Frail was ordered to stay away from pre-season training last week.
It would appear all transfer activity has been frozen while Hearts recruit a new coach so no wonder Coyle is waiting for Hearts to contact him, rather than waste time going through this layer of incompetent bureaucracy.
What a pathetic state of affairs
Date:Tuesday July 1 2008
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