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Last Updated: Saturday, 11 February 2006, 20:22 GMT
Romanov row resolved, say Hearts
Graham Rix and Vladimir Romanov
Graham Rix says Romanov picked the team in midweek
Hearts and Graham Rix say they have resolved the row over claims that owner Vladimir Romanov had meddled in the head coach's selection of their team.

A players' delegation, led by captain Steven Pressley, met the Lithuanian after the 2-1 defeat by Aberdeen.

"We had a meeting and have found a solution to the issues raised this week," said a club statement.

"We feel the result will be positive for the club. All other matters will be kept within the club."

Rix, who had told his players that Romanov had picked the team for Tuesday's draw with Dundee United, revealed that he had a "good chat" with the majority shareholder.

"I picked the team, I made the substitutions and I accept full responsibility," Rix said after the defeat by Aberdeen.
Some people in certain situations don't want to upset the applecart
Hearts goalkeeper Craig Gordon

"We can't use what has gone on this week as an excuse. I met Vladimir on Friday night briefly and I had a good chat with him.

"It was a good meeting and he didn't try to interfere with my team for this game.

"I won't discuss what we spoke about, but we never really talked about this situation to be honest.

"I'm confident I will be here next week and I'm comfortable with my own position. It's not a problem for me.

"The players have asked for a meeting, but it's nothing to do with me, but I haven't got a problem with it.

"I don't think my credibility is in doubt at all."

However, Hearts goalkeeper Craig Gordon admitted that the Tynecastle squad was less than unified.

Romanov has brought nine players on loan from FC Kaunas, the club in which he has a financial interest in back in his homeland.

"It's obviously difficult for some people in certain situations who don't want to upset the applecart," said the Scotland goalkeeper.

"They may not want to make the situation worse."

Pressley had indicated that the players were concerned that there were six changes for Tuesday's game at Tannadice.

That had followed fine victories over Hibernian, in the league, and Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup.

News conference: Hearts boss Graham Rix


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