Hearts appoint Jim Jefferies as new manager

Jefferies makes Tynecastle return...
Scottish Premier League side Hearts have announced that they have appointed Jim Jefferies as their new manager following Csaba Laszlo's departure on Friday.

The Edinburgh outfit have certainly moved quickly to install Laszlo's successor and Jefferies makes a return to the club where he won the Scottish Cup back in 1998, which, at the time, ended a 36-year wait for silverware.

Director Sergejus Fedotovas explained that the 59-year-old was the board's unanimous choice and that Jefferies is the ideal man to take the reins at Tynecastle.

"We recognise that Jim Jefferies is a man that understands Heart of Midlothian Football Club and our supporters," Fedotovas told the club's official website.

"We believe that he has the ability to realise the full potential of a very good squad of players.

"He was the board's unanimous choice to become manager and we wish him every success in returning to Tynecastle."

Jefferies, who left Hearts back in 2000 before a brief stint in charge of Bradford City prior to an eight-year spell with Kilmarnock, explained that his love for the club meant the decision to take over as boss was an ultimately easy one.

"It did not take me too long to have a chat with them as everyone knows I have supported, played and managed the club. Everyone knows the affection I have got for the club," he said.

"I think over the years a lot of people have linked me with the job a couple of times and there was a groundswell of hope.

"I didn't give it any thought until I got the call this afternoon. It is unbelievable to have been spoken to in connection with the job.

"It is like any job that you feel for a manager when he goes out. If I did not get it someone else would.

"The discussions went well and I know how things work in the club and now we've got to a stage where it is just a fantastic feeling to be back involved at the club again.

"Hopefully people will be happy with that."

The former Kilmarnock boss went on to explain that he is re-joining Hearts in what is an exciting period for the club with the Scottish League Cup semi-final tie against St Mirren to come next week.

"It is a great time," he added. "We're in the top half and we're in a cup semi-final. It is very positive.

"It is up to us to get into the best form and get people to play in the way people appreciate.

"It is not often a manager can come back and it has been nine years. Hopefully we can use the experience gained in that time. Although I am a bit older the passion is still there for this club."