Bulgarian Chervenkov Takes Charge at Scotland's Hearts FC - Reports

Sports | August 13, 2007, Monday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

Bulgarian coach Angel Chervenkov has been appointed manager of Scottish premier league football club Heart of Midlothian, reports in Scotland claim.

Chervenkov joined the Edinburgh club last month, ostensibly as the reserve team's coach, but was asked to take over the first team by the club's eccentric Lithuanian owner, Vladimir Romanov.

He replaces Ukrainian Anatoly Korobochka, appointed in March, who will stay on as a director of football.

Korobochka came under scathing criticism from the Hearts fans during the team's 1-0 loss to cross-town rival Hibernians on the opening day of the season.

For the second game, on Sunday at Aberdeen, which ended in a 1-1 stalemate, the Bulgarian took a more active role, assistant manager Steven Frail said after the game.

Chervenkov has previously managed FBK Kaunas in Lithuania, which, like Hearts and BATE Borisov in Belarus, is owned by Romanov.

The Lithuanian banker has initially won over the club's supporters when he took control in 2004 by scrapping plans to leave Hearts' Tynecastle stadium.

But his acrimonious relationship with the press and football authorities, as well as his habit to interfere with squad selection and fire managers at a whim has made him the target of constant criticism.
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