Hearts Resembling A Football Club Again
While acknowledging that new manager Csaba Laszlo has yet to prove that he can 'walk the walk' , I noticed an example of how the new manager is already trying to improve the way the football club is being run.
saba wants the first team squad to report to Riccarton by 8.30am each morning, so that they can have breakfast together, before starting training at 9.45am. Apparently training didn`t start until 10.30 am before. The Hearts website had this explanation from Csaba :
'I want the players to realise that this is their job, and the Academy is their place of work. We must be together and work hard. If we only come into work for 2 hours, then we do not have the right mind. We must focus, work very hard, rest and then continue our work again.'
imple, isn`t it? In fact, it begs the question - why the hell did Korabochka/Frail not insist on stuff like this before, when it was obvious that the spirit and focus in the squad was wrong?
24-man squad heads out to Germany on Sunday for 10 days, where each day will consist of two or three training sessions, and there are some notable inclusions - and omissions. Most interesting is that Juho Makela will be there following his loan spell back home. Let`s hope he can make a successful 'fresh start' at Hearts, after failing to impress Korobochka and Frail.
Also in the squad is goalkeeper Jamie McDonald, who had a very successful loan spell at Queen of the South last year. It had been rumoured that Frail didn`t rate him - but again, lets hope that he impresses Csaba, and that he can challenge Steve Banks to become our Number One in the coming seasons. It`s good to see a number of young players being included too, like Glen, Templeton, Rapnik, Brown, McGowan and Husband
obbie Neilson, Jason Thomson, Bruno Aguiar and Mirsad Beslija are all missing from the squad - presumably through injury - while Calum Elliot is also excluded since he looks set to move to Inverness Caledonian Thistle on loan.
n a personal note, the continuing presence of Kestutis Ivaskevicius and Audrius Ksanavicius is concerning. For me, these 2 guys epitomise what has been wrong at the club over these last 2 years. Both have average ability with almost no concept of teamwork, purpose or passion, and presumably are only in Edinburgh at the insistence of Romanov. Whether they fit in with Csaba`s plans remains to be seen, although to ditch them completely may be a step too far for the new manager at this stage!
he marketing message at the start of this new Laszlo era is clear - discipline, togetherness, teamwork. If the manager has been as honest and open with Romanov about his plans as he has been with the fans (via the media), then maybe Romanov will trust him enough to leave him in charge of all team matters.
hen again... maybe not !!!