Heart of Midlothian are keen to appoint John McGlynn as their new manager after opening formal talks.

Raith Rovers have confirmed that Hearts, who saw Paulo Sergio quit earlier this month, have asked for permission to speak to McGlynn about their vacant managerial position.

"Raith Rovers FC announces that Heart of Midlothian FC have formally sought permission to speak to John McGlynn regarding the vacant manager's position at Tynecastle," read a statement on Raith's official website.

"The board of directors has an excellent relationship with John and has no wish to stand in the way of his career progression should an opportunity arise for him.

"Accordingly we have acceded to Hearts' request."

Former Hearts caretaker McGlynn has been at the helm at Stark's Park since 2006, leading Rovers to the 2008/09 Second Division title, and guiding the club to a seventh place finish in the First Division last season.

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