Dutch international Wim van Hanegem has confirmed he is interested in becoming manager of Hearts, while former England manager Bobby Robson has expressed reservations following George Burley’s sacking.

“I am aware of what has been happening at Tynecastle and the club is at the start of a very exciting period,” said Van Hanegem, the Dutch assistant coach at Euro 2004.

“I have no doubt my vision for football would fit the mentality of the Scottish game where standards of the clubs and the national team have risen,” he told the Daily Record.

“With the backing of a committed owner, who has invested heavily in new players and is prepared to do so again, it is possible to take Hearts further forward and realise his ambition.”

As well as the departure of Burley, Chief executive Phil Anderton was sacked on Monday and chairman George Foulkes resigned in protest before branding majority shareholder Romanov a “dictator”.

Robson said he knows Burley well and had met Anderton and liked the man “enormously”.

“I came home and said to myself ‘I could work for him because he’s such an intelligent, forthright and honest person’,” Robson said on Nobok sports website.

“But he’s lost his job and it does give me a lot of concern.

“The owner of any football club is a very important man and if he’s right then, more often than not, the club will be right through him.

“So I am just waiting, watching, listening…and looking.”

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