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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jul 10, 2008

Hearts closing in on Uganda boss Csaba

Hearts are closing in on the appointment of a new manager after opening talks with Uganda boss Laszlo Csaba.

The club confirmed today they had received permission from the Ugandan FA to interview the Romanian-born coach.

The former Ferencvaros manager was in Edinburgh today to hold discussions with Hearts officials.

The 44-year-old, who has also held coaching posts with Borussia Monchengladbach and the Hungarian national team, has proved successful with Uganda.

He has led them from to 167th to their current position of 97th in the FIFA world rankings, with the help of victory over Nigeria during their unsuccessful but much-improved bid to qualify for their first African Nations Cup finals.

Uganda now sit two points behind group leaders Benin as they bid to reach the next stage of the World Cup qualifiers.

Csaba claimed last week that he had also been approached by a South African club and a European national team, but his arrival in Scotland appears to spell the end of Hearts' lengthy search for a new boss.

Csaba is best known to Hearts fans as the man who clashed with Tynecastle head coach John Robertson during a UEFA Cup tie between Ferencvaros and the Edinburgh club in 2004.

Csaba claimed Robertson kicked him after the match, while Robertson said his opposite number had stood on his foot and he was trying to free himself.

The match came in the group stages of the competition, with both sides being knocked out at that stage.

He could now make a more permanent return to Edinburgh as Hearts make progress in the hunt for a new boss that began in January.

That was when 10th-place Hearts broke up the coaching triumvirate of sporting director Anatoly Korobochka, Angel Chervenkov and Stephen Frail.

They claimed they were looking for a manager with experience in British football but majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov turned his attentions abroad after being rejected by Motherwell boss Mark McGhee.

Vladimir Weiss took on the coaching role at his native Slovakia after talks with Romanov, while discussions with German Jurgen Rober also stalled.

Hearts also approached former Stoke Boss Gudjon Thordarsson and former Leicester manager Ian Holloway.

But interest in the Icelander apparently cooled and Holloway's agent last had contact with the club about three weeks ago.

As Csaba was shown round the Riccarton training ground, Frail was saying his farewells a day after his contract was terminated.

The former Hearts player was subjected to stinging criticism from Romanov earlier in the week following his spell as caretaker manager.

Frail almost guided Hearts into the top six of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League but Romanov criticised him and other Scottish coaches, claiming they could not rise above the local footballing 'mafia'.

Frail rebuffed those accusations but is more concerned with finding a new job after ending his four-year spell at Tynecastle.

'I would wholeheartedly disagree with it,' he told BBC Scotland.

'But everybody is entitled to their opinion and that's Mr Romanov's.

'We had a bad run of results at the end of the season but in the run of results from January to the split, we amassed points that would have got us third in the league.'

Frail added: 'When you take the manager's job you're one step closer to the exit door.

'I'm aware of that and I know how football works. I'm obviously incredibly disappointed it came in this way but that's football.

'I now need to look forward and get back involved in the game.'

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