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Jim Jefferies relief at Campbell Ogilvie stay

Hearts manager Jim Jefferies
Jefferies thinks Ogilvie is more suited to the president's role

Jim Jefferies is delighted to hear that Hearts managing director Campbell Ogilvie does not want to be Scottish Football Association chief executive.

SFA vice-president Ogilvie had been touted by some for the post from which Gordon Smith resigned on Monday.

"Campbell Ogilvie has been terrific since I've come in," said manager Jefferies. "He doesn't get involved at all with the football side of things.

"He's more there guiding us with the strength he has as a general manager."

It is thought that Ogilvie will not ask to be considered for the role as he awaits his likely appointment as president when George Peat's period in office ends next year.

When Gordon Smith got into the position, I thought it was a good thing

Hearts manager Jim Jefferies

And Jefferies, who returned for a second spell in charge at Tynecastle in January, said: "I've known him for a long time.

"I'd love him to stay at the club. His side's not the chief executive side; he's got strengths in other areas.

"Maybe that's why he might get offered the position (of president)."

Jefferies was "sorry" to see Smith resign less than three years after his appointment.

"When he got into the position, I thought it was a good thing," he said.

"Because we were looking for someone with that football background that he had, I thought he was ideal."

Jefferies had hoped that Smith would make an impact in making changes at the top of Scottish football.

"I've heard that, when he first moved in, he tried to do it, but he couldn't do what he thought he might be able to," said the Hearts manager.

"There's one or two things that he'll look back on and probably regret."

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Peat assumes Smith's role at SFA
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Smith explains SFA exit decision
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