The Slovak Football Association (SFZ) confirmed the appointment of Vladimir Weiss, manager of the current league champions Artmedia, as its new national manager on Friday.

"We will sign the contract next week," after Weiss returns from pre-season training in Austria, SFZ general secretary Milos Tomas said.

Weiss guided Artmedia to the league title and also into the Champions League in 2005. The 43-year-old former Czechoslovak international had been in negotiations to take over at Scottish Premier League side Hearts.

From 2006 to 2007, Weiss managed Russian outfit Saturn Ramenskoye.

Current national manager Jan Kocian is due to leave the post at the end of the month following a poor run of results including failure to qualify for the UEFA EURO 2008 finals.

The central European country has failed to qualify for the final phase of the UEFA European Championships or FIFA World Cup™ since the country was created in 1993 with the division of Czechoslovakia.