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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 October 2005, 18:50 GMT 19:50 UK
Romanov wants football director
Hearts majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov
Hearts majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov is keen on appointing a director of football along with a new head coach at Tynecastle.

"It is a big problem in Scotland," Romanov told BBC Sport. "The fact we have a gap between the organisation structure and manager.

"We need a director of football role.

"The manager has so much responsibility with the team and spending money on players so there is an awful lot of work for an individual to cope with."

Speaking through an interpreter, Romanov chose to distance himself from the surprise departure of George Burley.

he said: "The fact is we have a confidentiality agreement and I'm not in a position to breach that agreement - that would be wrong.

"I wasn't directly involved in that process so I am not in a position to comment.

"It was very much a two-way process agreed by both parties."

Romanov then chose to express his feelings on the matter through his own poetry.

Don't believe what you see today
For the portrait of the day is viewed through slumbering nights.
It is only through the cobwebs of time
And through the prism of the past that the moments of today will be understood

Vladimir Romanov' poem

Rumours persisted throughout Burley's short reign that Romanov was meddling in team selection but he denied the claims.

"Not at all," was the answer when asked if he had tried to influence Burley's selection.

But he made it clear he would continue have a big part to play in the future signing policy of the club.

"It is important that the manager makes it clear what his motivation is for signing a player," he added.

"If we are building a ship, I need to know if it will be seaworthy."

Hearts are enjoying a great start to the season, sitting top of the league after a 12-game unbeaten run.

But Romanov is adamant that there is room for improvement as he strives for domestic and European success.

"We need to make additions to the squad. One at the mimimum, three maximum.

"The players we have are still getting to know each other and can improve further, so perhaps we are looking at the following season (to win the SPL).

"But I think we can do it (this year) and we must strive to do it.

"I wouldn't have brought in quality players like Edgaras Jankauskas who has won the Champions League or Takis Fyssas, who has won the European Championship with Greece?

"I would find it very difficult to say to them 'come to this club' if I felt we lacked the ambition and the ability to achieve success.

John McGlynn has been in charge since Burley left but, while Romanov spoke highly of the interim coach, he is not seen as the long-term answer.

"We have an acting manager who is doing a fine job," added Romanov.

"But we need to be thinking about a manager with the right level of knowledge and experience.

"The next appointment will be very important for the well-being of the club, so we must take our time to get it right."


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