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Hearts are Driver-ing Everybody Mad!

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




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 1 2008

Time: 8:32AM

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Heck now I am beginning to see why Coyle didnt push for Driver based on this mess
turfmanphil
More quotes from the article:Former Tynecastle director of football Jim Duffy, meanwhile, fears that the current uncertainty might kill any hope Hearts have of making an impact this season. 'The most important part of any season is now, before a ball is kicked in anger,' said Duffy. 'If you don't get pre-season training and preparation right, you can kill your season before it starts. 'This is the most vital time for any team. Yet you have Hearts telling Stevie Frail to stay away. 'Unless Hearts appoint a manager or head coach immediately, next season could be ruined for them before it even starts. Stevie has been very badly treated. But nothing shocks you anymore regarding Hearts. 'That's the real sadness about it all. Stevie has displayed great dignity throughout his entire time at Tynecastle. It's a dreadful reflection on the club when you consider they used to be one of the great institutions of Scottish football.' Duffy's concerns were echoed by former Hearts chairman Lord Foulkes who believes the club will only ever attract a 'puppet' manager while Romanov sticks to his policy of interfering from on high. Foulkes, who was instrumental in helping the Lithuania-based Russian take over at Tynecastle, said: 'Vladimir Romanov is reaping what he has sown. The only person who will take the job at the moment will be a puppet from one of the eastern European countries like Russia, Belarus or Lithuania. His reputation goes before him and potential managers take note of how he has treated previous managers, George Burley in particular. 'Any manager worth his salt will want a free hand to choose his own players and put his own ideas into action. I believe, and a majority of Hearts fans believe, that Romanov has to change his views. 'Despite the promise he made in January about looking for a British-style manager, it is clear that prospective managers are wary of taking the job on.'
turfmanphil
According to a forum North of the border quite a few of the players have handed in transfer requests due to not being at all happy. Problem is with no manager and nobody able to deal with requests or other clubs bids nothing will happen. Sounds like they are in a right mess.
smitrit
Not surprised sounds a right shambles. This Vladimir Romanov sounds a right pillock and doesn't seem to give a toss about the club or have a sense of urgency about him. Makes you realise how lucky we are to have Kilby & Flood ,folk with an heart for their club
turfmanphil
 

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