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Last Updated: Monday, 24 October 2005, 15:03 GMT 16:03 UK
Burley is yet to decide next move
Former Hearts manager George Burley
George Burley hopes Hearts can keep his team together
George Burley says he was not surprised by his exit from Hearts but has refused to reveal the reasons for his departure from the SPL leaders.

A confidentiality clause was imposed after Burley's exit, which was due to "irreconcilable differences", but he stresses there is no new job lined up.

He told the Edinburgh Evening News: "I thought I did very well for them, but nothing surprises you in football.

"That's life. Who knows what the future holds for me?"

Burley left after a row with majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov on Friday, with the departure being announced hours before Saturday's victory over Dunfermline Athletic.

He praised the players and the supporters for their backing during his short tenure at the club.
I have left a smashing group of players who have a fantastic spirit
George Burley

"I left the club in as good a position as it ever has been in," said Burley.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Tynecastle and would like to thank the supporters for their backing during my time there.

"They turned out in their droves almost from day one and we had sell-outs for virtually every game. Their support was greatly appreciated.

"I have left a smashing group of players who have a fantastic spirit and there was a great camaraderie between them and myself which I think everyone could see.

"Hopefully, they can remain together and go from strength to strength.

"I have not managed to catch up with any of them. But, hopefully, I will be able to do that soon."

Former assistant John McGlynn has taken temporary charge of the team and is being assisted by Valdas Ivanauskas.

The Lithuanian is former manager of FBK Kaunas, in which Romanov also has an interest.

But Ivanauskas is unlikely to be among the candidates considered to take over from Burley.

Meanwhile, former Hearts midfielder Gary Mackay does not expect the fans to turn against Romanov.

"I think everyone realises things like this do occur in football," he said.

"I'm very disappointed for George Burley, because he did wonderfully well in his time here.

"I thought George Burley was the right man and we saw that from the results under him.

"That's all we're looking for - someone with the right pedigree who can take this club forward."


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