Jefferies Will Be Staying
Messageboards were bussing at the weekend with the rumour that Jim Jefferies had resigned. Nothing could be further from the truth The rumour mill had Jim Jefferies packing his bags and leaving Tynecastle after being told not to play Marius Zaliukas against Rangers. This was not even close to the truth as Jefferies is not that kind of guy. He was disappointed to take the call from majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov on the morning of the game alerting him to Romanov's concerns and decision. The owner was worried that referee Iain Brines would send off Zaliukas. Jefferies was already without injured duo Andy Webster and Lee Wallace and the suspended Ismael Bouzid so his team selection was made all the harder. Jefferies said: "There's no way I'm resigning. I'll come in here and I'll learn from that experience and I'll know what to do now. There were rumours going around on Saturday. I was getting texts from my son that I'd resigned. Yes, I was disappointed the way we were a bit short at the back, but the rumours that were flying around weren't true." Zaliukas is expected to be allowed to play against Celtic and Jefferies is optimistic Marian Kello will also be available. Romanov is expected to be at Tynecastle for the game and Jefferies is keen for a chat about the future. On a day-to-day basis. Jefferies main dealings with the owner are through director Sergejus Fedotovas. Jefferies went on: "I'll meet him like we always do. If there's time before the game we'll do it, or if it's the day after - we'll be discussing going forward. If I've got any problems I'll not be sitting here discussing it with you. I'll be discussing it with the owner and Sergei."
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