Csaba leaves Uganda for Hearts

Scottish Premier League club Hearts appointed Uganda coach Laszlo Csaba as their new manager on Friday.

Romanian-born Laszlo, 44, agreed a three-year contract and will work with Hearts' sporting director Anatoly Korobochka on all first team matters.

Hearts secured the former boss of German side Borussia Monchengladbach and Hungary's Ferencvaros after negotiating compensation believed to be worth around £120,000 (150,000 euros) with the Ugandan FA.

A statement on the club's website confirmed Csaba's arrival at Tynecastle: "Heart of Midlothian Football Club is delighted to today (11th July) announce the appointment of Csaba Laszlo as manager with immediate effect."

Laszlo, who will travel with the squad to Northern Ireland for their pre-season friendly against Glentoran next week, was given a warm send-off by Lawrence Mulindwa, the Ugandan FA president.

"He brought more professionalism and consistency to the team here," Mulindwa told The Scotsman. "In our last campaign, we only missed out on qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana on goal difference.

"That was a big thing in this country. Laszlo has tried his level best, he has been co-operative and adaptable. Managing an African team is not easy because there are lots of issues you must overcome.

"If he can use that experience he can easily manage a team in northern Europe. All the facilities are there, he can get anything he wants. That is not the case in Uganda."