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Laszlo in dark on sports director

Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo
Laszlo saw his side beat Celtic in the Co-operative Insurance Cup

Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo has denied any knowledge of the new sporting director put in place at Tynecastle by club owner Vladimir Romanov.

At a meeting with Romanov on Tuesday, the players met the new appointee.

But Laszlo told BBC Scotland: "At the moment we don't have any sport director and this question is definitely for the board and not for me.

"We can use the help of every good football guy and if we get a new sport director it is welcome."

There has been no announcement from Hearts on the matter, although there is speculation that Ivan Svabovic, a Polish-born former Lithuania under-19 coach, is the man in question.

Former director of football Anatoly Korobochka left Hearts in the summer after two years in the role.

At a half hour meeting with the players, Romanov, making his first visit to Edinburgh of the season, made it clear that he was not impressed by the start Hearts have made to the campaign.

However, the Lithuania-based owner must be pleased that his side responded with a 1-0 triumph at Celtic Park in the Co-operative Insurance Cup.

Laszlo has repeatedly voiced his frustration at the lack of financial support from the board to strengthen his squad this season.

And this week he said he would consider his future at Tynecastle once he sees the level of backing he gets in the January transfer window.

"I told this week what I think about the club and I don't change my mind," he said after the win at Celtic.

"I'm very straight, I know what I want and I would like to see progress.

"Maybe I am very interesting for the media but I don't think about this at the moment. For me the most important thing is to help this team.

"The team need me and so long as the team need me I stay here."

Michael Stewart scored the decisive goal against Celtic, converting a penalty on 57 minutes.

The skipper was booed during the 0-0 home draw with Falkirk at the weekend and was pleased to answer his critics.

"That's football," he explained to BBC Scotland. "You have highs and lows.

"Sometimes they can turn around very quickly and that's what happened this week.

"What happened on Saturday happened. I don't agree with it but everybody's entitled to their own opinion.

"The only one (opinion) that counts to me is the manager's and thankfully we agree on most things in football.

"There are a lot of people who come to football grounds who don't know a lot about football but they voice their opinion and it can be heard in the masses."

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see also
Co-operative Insurance Cup photo gallery
28 Oct 09 |  Scottish Premier
Celtic 0-1 Hearts
28 Oct 09 |  Scottish Cups
Laszlo plea for backing at Hearts
26 Oct 09 |  Hearts
Laszlo defends captain Stewart
25 Oct 09 |  Hearts

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