Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Back from the USSR

So he’s back.

Chapter 752 in the Tynecastle saga as Valdas Ivanauskas returns to the club and promises to focus on getting three points on Saturday – although at least the hapless Mr Malofeev and his translator managed to avoid dropping into the British manager’s cliché handbook.

Still that Valdas is prepared to risk his health to work for Vlad the Impaler and has started making the right noises about Steven Pressley should come as a relief to Hearts fans.

But the questions remain.

On the park the team needs a victory. Teams they swept past last season are holding them to draws or worse.

Can Valdas reignite the passion in a team that looks disjointed and flat?

Will he be allowed to do it his way or will Romanov continue to have his say? And how many Hearts fans believed Romanov when he said that he doesn’t influence team selection?

Will UEFA and the SFA step up investigations into the way Mr Romanov does business?

Will the January sales at Tynecastle make Princes Street look like a ghost town?

Recent events off the park are a step forward. Ivanauskas is a sign of stability. The truce between supporters and owner will settle the team.

But this story is certainly not over. And the unanswered questions might yet point to more gloomy days ahead.

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