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Hearts manager Graham Rix says he will not quit and refused to comment on reports that the Scottish club’s Lithuanian chairman Vladimir Romanov was picking the team.

“No chance, I am not a quitter,” Rix told Sky Sports TV after being asked if he would walk away.

“I have worked really hard since I have been up here and I think you have seen in recent performances how much the guys enjoyed it and how much a quality unit we are and we have to maintain that and I am sure we will.

“I am in a good situation here, in a great job, a great set of lads and they showed great professionalism last night (in the 1-1 draw against Dundee United) getting on with the job, as usual, with a lot to contend with this week.”

Last Noevember, Rix replaced George Burley who quit the previous month citing “irreconcilable differences”.

According to reports Rix is no longer picking the side but he refused to comment when asked if he was still in charge of team affairs.

“We have a big game on Saturday against Aberdeen and that’s what we have to focus on. I will meet Mr Romanov this week and we will discuss things.”

The Hearts players have demanded a meeting with Romanov and they discussed the issue following training on Wednesday.

The club later issued a statement saying Romanov was happy to meet captain Steven Pressley “to discuss a number of footballing matters”.

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