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Last Updated: Tuesday, 4 April 2006, 16:09 GMT 17:09 UK
Ivanauskas happy with Vogts link
Former Scotland and Germany manager Berti Vogts
Vogts spent two-and-a-half years in charge of Scotland
Hearts interim-manager Valdas Ivanauskas would be happy to see Berti Vogts appointed boss at Tynecastle - with him as the German's assistant.

The former Scotland manager has emerged as a possible candidate for the vacant post at the Edinburgh club.

And Ivanauskas said: "He was the manager of the Scottish national team so he knows Scottish football, so of course I would like to work with him.

"He's very experienced, very strong and disciplined and I like him."

Vogts took the Scotland job in early 2002 but stepped down in November 2004 after a disastrous spell at the helm.

He won the World Cup as a player with Germany in 1974 and then the European Championship as coach 22 years later.

"He's a big name but every day you hear lots of names who are meant to be coming to Hearts," added Ivanauskas.

Berti gave me my debut and my first caps and I'll always be grateful for that
Craig Gordon
Hearts goalkeeper

"I can think of many big managers who would be ideal for Hearts and who are without a job but Vladimir Romanov (majority shareholder) hasn't asked me about it."

Vogts, who was in charge of Germany from 1990-98 before a stint in Kuwait, was savaged by the tabloid press towards the end of his reign in Scotland.

Having failed to reach Euro 2004 after a play-off with Holland, Scotland started badly in the race for this year's World Cup - picking up just two points in three games under Vogts.

His only experience of club management was a brief and unhappy spell at Bayer Leverkusen in 2000.

Hearts goalkeeper Craig Gordon was given his Scotland debut by Vogts against Trinidad and Tobago in 2004.

But the 23-year-old would not be drawn on the subject of teaming up with the German again.

He said: "First of all, that's not a decision for any of us players to make, that's something that Mr Romanov will decide when the time is right.

"We've got to be fully concentrated in the last few weeks of the season and whatever happens after that we'll deal with it then.

"Berti gave me my debut and my first caps and I'll always be grateful for that.

"He gave me the break I needed at international level and I'm grateful to him for sticking by me in those early games.

"He's a good manager."




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