Hearts have sacked head coach Graham Rix.

Rix was appointed in November, following the sacking of George Burley.

His role has been under question since his arrival at Tynecastle, with claims that the team was actually being selected by club owner Vladimir Romanov.

“We have been disappointed with the team’s performance. Results were not what they should have been,” chairman Roman Romanov told the Hearts website.

“We also felt that some of the signings made in January were not appropriate for Hearts.

“In addition, the events which occurred in February when Hearts played Dundee United, including the way in which some information appeared in the public domain, were disappointing to us.

“I’d like to thank Graham Rix for all his hard work at Hearts. He gave 100% but ultimately it did not work out. Vladimir Romanov and the club’s management felt that something had to be done quickly. We owed it to the fans.”

Director of football Jim Duffy has also been axed, having been appointed to the role just a month ago.

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