According to a report in today’s Daily Express, former manager of the French national team Jacques Santini has put his name forward for the managerial vacancy at Hearts. Santini’s representative Alex McLaughlin told the newspaper œI have put Jacques Santini’s name forward to Hearts and I’m waiting to hear back from them. œHearts are on the lookout for a top-drawer coach with experience in the British game and, for me, Jacques Santini ticks all their boxes, he added.
Experience in the British game that McLaughlin refers to was a condition set out by Vladimir Romanov in his January 1st statement; however, Santini’s only experience of British football was a five month spell in charge of Tottenham Hotspurs. Santini left citing personal reasons for his departure which was believed to be his relationship with Sporting Director Frank Arnesen. If Santini is willing to walk away from a managerial position due to a fall out with someone above him, he may want to think twice about taking the Hearts job.
During his playing career Santini played for St. Etienne and Montpellier, before becoming player manager at Lisieux. He has since managed a host of top French clubs including Toulouse, Lille, St. Etienne and Sochaux. He then went on to lead Lyon to the Ligue 1 title before taking France to Euro 2004. Since his time at Tottenham, Santini had a relatively unsuccessful spell at Auxerre which ended in 2006. He has since been out of football management but is keen to try British football again.
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