Holloway keen on Hearts job

Former Leicester City manager Ian Holloway is in the running to take over at Scottish Premier League side Hearts. The 45-year-old told the Scottish Daily Express the Edinburgh club had spoken to his agent, and that he had confirmed his interest in the job.

Hearts have been searching for a new manager since January, when their Lithuanian owner Vladimir Romanov made it clear there was no future for then-acting gaffer Stephen Frail. But following a failed attempt to lure Mark McGhee away from Motherwell, Holloway has emerged as one of the front-runners.

"I believe they want to talk to me but they have concerns due to the fact I don't have my (UEFA) pro-licence," said Holloway, who left Leicester at the end of last season after they were relegated into the English third tier. "I don't know if that is going to cause a problem but I am working towards it and my assistant Tim Breacker already has his full UEFA pro-licence, so hopefully that will overcome the problem.

"We will have to see what happens but I am definitely interested in the job," added the former midfielder, who has also managed Bristol Rovers, Queens Park Rangers and Plymouth Argyle. 

Since Romanov bought a majority stake in the club in 2005, John Robertson, George Burley, Graham Rix and Valdas Ivanauskas have all come and gone as manager. Frail was put in temporary charge at the start of last season, but Hearts could only finish a lowly eighth in the Premier League behind city rivals Hibernian.