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Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 October 2006, 13:56 GMT 14:56 UK
Malofeev relishing temporary job
Eduard Malofeev
Eduard Malofeev is happy to take the reigns at Hearts
Hearts interim head coach Eduard Malofeev is savouring his temporary spell in charge at Tynecastle.

And Malofeev told the Edinburgh Evening News the facilities enjoyed by the players would make his job easier.

The former Belarus coach said: "I am very happy. The conditions at Hearts are wonderful. All the time they think about the players.

"It is easy when you do not have to think of everyday problems. Arrive, do your training and simply leave again."

Moscow-born Malofeev was a striker for the Soviet Union's national side before going on to manage them.

The 64-year-old replaces Valdas Ivanauskas for two weeks as the Lithuanian takes time off due to a health issue.

Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov, brought Malofeev to Tynecastle as sporting director from FBK Kaunas where he had been manager, winning 18 out of 19 matches.

Despite not having taken charge of a team since then and not speaking any English, he said, through an interpreter: "I am very happy. Without football, my soul aches.

"Hearts have four training pitches, three grass pitches and one artificial pitch. They also have a big football academy.

"The players come to training and everything is prepared - tops, shorts, boots and towels."

Malofeev's first match in charge of Hearts is against Dunfermline on Saturday. He will then take the Edinburgh side to Glasgow to face Celtic the following weekend.

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