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Hearts owner Romanov to appoint Sergio as tenth manager

Heart of Midlothian owner Vladimir Romanov will appoint the tenth manager of his six-and-a-half-year reign after sacking Jim Jefferies yesterday.

The Russian businessman has had a tumultuous time at Tynecastle, seeing nine managers come and go, and now he is set to bring in a new boss with former Sporting Lisbon gaffer Paul Sergio likely to get the nod.

Jefferies, along with assistant Billy Brown, were relieved of their duties just two games in to the new Scottish Premier League season with initial reports suggesting that first team coach Gary Locke was set to take the vacant role.

But more recent news indicates that 43-year old Sergio, who lost his job at Sporting after the Portuguese club exited the Europa League at the hands of Scottish champions Rangers earlier this year, is on his way to Edinburgh to finalise the deal.

Sergio confirmed he was in discussions with Hearts and is positive he can do a good job with the Jambos.

"It is true that I am in talks with Hearts," he told SunSport.

"We will see what happens, but, of course, I am very interested in the job and I believe that Hearts is a big club.

"I believe I can be successful not just in Scottish football, but with any club. I am very confident in my work."

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