The Daily Record today reported that former Iceland boss Gudjon Thordarson will be unveiled as the new Hearts manger at a press conference tomorrow morning, with Terry Butcher, only recently appointed as George Burley’s assistant for the Scotland national side, taking over as the no.2 at Tynecastle.
However, speaking to news website VÃsir.is, Hearts press officer David Sullivan said œI organize every press conference at the club and I can tell you without lying that there is no such conference scheduled for tomorrow, he added that the œDaily record is a street rag but they have crossed the line this time even for their standard. (Link: http://www.visir.is/article/20080611…IR01/774744869)
And it doesn’t end there. Despite being promised a British manager, with experience of British football, the Edinburgh Evening News have claimed that the shortlist drawn up by Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov does indeed include Thordarson, along with Slovakian Vladimir Weiss and Andrei Zygmantovich from Belarus.
Although Thordarson has in the past managed Stoke City, Barnsley, and Notts County, he is almost certainly not what the Hearts supporters were expecting. The only experience Vladimir Weiss has of British football, as a manager, is when he led Artmedia Bratislava to a 5-4 aggregate victory over Celtic in the preliminary stages of the Uefa Champions League in 2005. Zygmantovich is currently head coach of one of Romanov’s other clubs, the Belarusian side MTZ-Ripo.