Hearts: Belarussian is relishing role

ALEKSANDR METLITSKI, a 45-year-old Belarussian, has been appointed sports director of Hearts, succeeding Anatoli Korobochka in the role as conduit between manager Csaba Laszlo and majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov.

The former Belarus international was introduced to staff at Riccarton on Monday during a brief visit by Romanov to Edinburgh. He holds dual nationality as a citizen of both Belarus and Austria and, although not quite fluent in English, can ably converse with Laszlo in German.

Metlitski also previously worked as a FIFA-registered players' agent and will oversee player contract negotiations.

"I am happy to be joining Heart of Midlothian to take on this project," he said. "I am sure that I can support the manager Csaba Laszlo, his coaches, and help move the club forwards at all levels. It will be a pleasure to watch the team for the first time against Motherwell here at Tynecastle."

Romanov had earmarked the Lithuanian Ivan Svabovic for the role of Hearts sport director in October but negotiations ground to a halt in November. Metlitski starts work immediately.


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