Former Heart of Midlothian manager Csaba Laszlo feels owner Vladimir Romanov will not walk away from the club.
The Lithuanian businessman has been quoted as saying he is ‘tired of football’ and is keen to sell the Edinburgh club who has fallen into more than £30million in debt.
But Laszlo, who oversaw the Jambos for about a year-and-a-half from July 2008, is confident his old employer won’t give up on the Tynecastle outfit.
"I don't think Mr Romanov will let Hearts die,” he told SunSport.
"I'm sorry the club is in trouble, but I think everything will be okay because in my experience Mr Romanov is a man of his word, so when he says he is going to continue to support the club I believe him.
"He has spent seven years at Hearts and he will continue to give them his backing.
"But it may have to be on a lesser scale than it has been.
"His plan now is to focus on youth development and bring players through from the academy.
"This is not a bad idea, but when you do this you also must accept that performances on the pitch will suffer.
“I think if Hearts win a few games Mr Romanov will be happy again,” he added.
"Maybe then the focus will switch back to what's happening on the pitch rather than off it — although, I doubt it!"