Jefferies removed from Hearts post

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Hearts are in turmoil once again after it was confirmed that manager Jim Jefferies had been removed from his post.

It is believed that the positions of assistant Billy Brown and first-team coach Gary Locke are under review.

A Tynecastle spokesman told Press Association Sport: "Jim Jefferies has been removed as manager, and has been offered a director of football role which he is currently considering."

Press Association Sport understands that the Jambos' players, with one eye on Thursday's crucial Europa League second leg game against Hungarian side Paks at Tynecastle, were "unhappy" when told of the news by majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov at a meeting at the stadium on Monday afternoon.

The players were reportedly told at the meeting that a manager "with European experience" was needed at the club and they will report to Tynecastle on Tuesday morning to meet their new boss, rumoured to be Portuguese.

Romanov, whose seven-year tenure at Tynecastle is littered with managerial casualties including John Robertson, George Burley, Graham Rix, Valdas Ivanauskas and Anatoliy Korobochka, was at Tynecastle on Sunday to see Hearts lose 1-0 to Dundee United in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

The Jambos are without a win since the 3-2 defeat of St Mirren on March 19, a run of form which is reported to have influenced Romanov's decision.

However, Hearts started the season with a 1-1 draw against Rangers at Ibrox in the SPL and followed it up with a 1-1 draw against Paks in the first leg of their Europa League qualifier in Hungary.

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