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Last Updated: Monday, 20 February 2006, 16:40 GMT
Rix aiming for extended contract
Hearts head coach Graham Rix
Graham Rix hopes Jim Duffy will stay longer too
Graham Rix hopes success will force Hearts to extend his contract as head coach beyond the end of the season.

Rix's side sit second in the Scottish Premier League but are favourites for the Scottish Cup after the exit of Celtic and Rangers.

"Hopefully, my stay here will be extended, because I'm enjoying my work here," said Hearts' head coach.

"I want to stay here, there's no doubt about that. It's a great club and a great job."

Hearts host Second Division Partick Thistle and go into the game on a high after a 3-0 league defeat of Motherwell.

"A few months ago, if somebody had said to me you can have the Hearts job and Jim Duffy as your director of football, I would have snapped their hand off straight away," said Rix.

Rix is also hoping that the newly-appointed Duffy, who joined him in the dugout for the first time at the weekend, could win an extended stay.

"He's helped me no end already and is proving to be invaluable," said Rix.

"There is a lot that goes into running a football club and he's helping to take a little bit of that pressure off my shoulders.

"Hopefully, like me, he'll be here beyond the end of the season as I have a very good working relationship with him."

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