Former Germany captain Lothar Matthaus is still hopeful of being appointed Hearts head coach despite twice being snubbed for the post.
Lothar Matthaus has been considered twice before
His agent, John Inglis, told The Sun newspaper: "Lothar remains very interested and would be delighted to meet with Vladimir Romanov.
"He has fabulous experience and could bring so much to Hearts."
Romanov preferred George Burley then Graham Rix, but Matthaus has since lost his job as Hungary's national coach.
There would therefore be no question of having to pay compensation to appoint the 44-year-old.
Matthaus joined Brazilian outfit Atletico Paranaense after being axed by Hungary but has quit that post.
Hearts are seeking their fourth head coach in 10 months after sacking Rix this week.
Former Kaunas boss Valdas Ivanauskas has been promoted to interim head coach until the end of the season.
The Lithuanian has admitted that he has acted as Romanov's confidant this season while coaching under Burley and Rix.
Speaking through an interpreter, he said: "Communication is necessary in all professions, especially in football.
"If there is no communication then there would be no football.
"I was in constant communication and I don't see any problem with that."