Hearts have appointed Uganda coach Csaba Laszlo as their new manager.
Romanian-born Laszlo, 44, agreed a three-year deal and will work with Hearts’ sporting director Anatoly Korobochka.
Laszlo, a former coach of Germany’s Borussia Monchengladbach and Hungary’s Ferencvaros, will travel with the squad to Northern Ireland for their pre-season friendly against Glentoran next week.
A statement on the club’s website confirmed Laszlo’s arrival at Tynecastle as owner Vladimir Romanov’s eighth boss: “Heart of Midlothian Football Club is delighted to today (11th July) announce the appointment of Csaba Laszlo as manager with immediate effect.”
Laszlo led Uganda from 167th to 97th in the FIFA world rankings, with the highlight of his reign a victory over Nigeria during African Nations Cup qualifying.
“He brought more professionalism and consistency to the team here,” Lawrence Mulindwa, the Ugandan FA president, told the Scotsman. “In our last campaign, we only missed out on qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana on goal difference.
“That was a big thing in this country. Laszlo has tried his level best, he has been co-operative and adaptable. Managing an African team is not easy because there are lots of issues you must overcome.
“If he can use that experience he can easily manage a team in northern Europe. All the facilities are there, he can get anything he wants. That is not the case in Uganda.”