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Hearts confirm Frail's departure

Ian Holloway and Stevie Frail
Holloway is hoping to succeed Frail at Tynecastle

Hearts have confirmed the departure of caretaker manager Stephen Frail as former Leicester boss Ian Holloway admitted he was interested in the job.

Frail had already been told to stay away from pre-season training and now the club insist that his departure has been by "mutual consent".

"Hearts will make an announcement on the appointment of a new football manager shortly," the club stated.

Holloway says his lack of coaching qualifications may hinder his chances.

Despite this, the 45-year-old, who was manager of QPR and Plymouth then left Leicester after their relegation from England's Championship, refuses to completely rule himself out of contention.

"My agent has heard from their chief executive," Holloway told BBC Sport.

No decisions on any transfers will be taken until the new manager's appointment

Hearts sport director Anatoly Korobochka

"They wanted someone with all the coaching badges but mine is a work in progress and I'm not starting my A licence until 19 July.

"In the old days they used to give you your badges after 10 years in football management but they stopped that after I'd done eight!

"Hearts is a massive club. They were keen, and I believe they wanted to meet me, but the Scottish FA won't allow someone who hasn't got all the badges to manage in the SPL.

"But it's not completely dead in the water. If they want to look into doing what Blackburn have done with Paul Ince then I'd be very happy to talk to them."

Holloway is the latest in a long line of managers and coaches to be linked with the Scottish Premier League club since Motherwell's Mark McGhee rejected Hearts' approach at the end of last season.

Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov, in an exclusive interview with BBC Sport, said this week that it was now unlikely that he would appoint a home-grown team boss because of a Scottish coaching "mafia".

And he said that handing team affairs to Frail had proved to be a failure, with the club finishing eighth.

Frail had been co-managing the side with Anatoly Korobochka following the departure of Valdas Ivanauskas in March 2007.

But the former Hearts full-back took exclusive charge of team affairs in January after the Russian returned to his role as director of football at Tynecastle.

Korobochka is now leading the scouting operation for new players.

But he admits that the delay in appointing a manager is preventing transfer business being completed.

"We are organising possible options for the new manager," he told Hearts' website.


"However, no decisions on any transfers will be taken until his appointment."

Hearts failed in their bid to lure McGhee from Motherwell in May.

Another target, Vladimir Weiss, chose instead to become the coach of Slovakia, forcing Hearts to continue their search.

German Jurgen Rober was strongly linked with the job, while Hungarian Laszlo Csaba has distanced himself from the post by saying he is comfortable in his job as Uganda coach.

Romanov has been criticised in the past for meddling in team selections.

But Korobochka made a point of insisting that the new manager would have full control.

"The club continues to work diligently towards the appointment of a new manager who will be responsible for managing all first-team matters," he said.

see also
Romanov's Scots slight condemned
09 Jul 08 |  Scottish Premier
Hearts plan to cut debt by 12m
07 Jul 08 |  Hearts
Coach Chervenkov back at Hearts
02 Jul 08 |  Hearts
Time up for Frail at Tynecastle
26 Jun 08 |  Hearts
Leicester & Holloway part company
23 May 08 |  Leicester

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