No hard feelings - Sergio

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Paulo Sergio insists managing Hearts was 'a pleasure'
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Paulo Sergio insists managing Hearts was 'a pleasure'

Paulo Sergio reflected on his spell as Hearts manager with fondness on his return to Edinburgh on Thursday as the appointment of his successor appeared to move a step closer.

Sergio's final match of his season-long stint in charge at Tynecastle was the 5-1 William Hill Scottish Cup final win over capital rivals Hibernian.

Contract negotiations broke down despite the trophy triumph, with Hearts seeking to cut costs and the wage demands of the Portuguese boss and his two assistants, Alberto Cabral and Sergio Cruz, proving a stumbling block.

Sergio could be succeeded by John McGlynn, a coach at Hearts for a decade before he left for Raith in November 2006. Rovers have revealed an approach has been made for their boss.

Sergio told BBC Scotland: "I met McGlynn when I was working last season. If he's the man, I wish him all the best."

Sergio was not ready to leave Gorgie and will this weekend meet friends, collect his belongings and have a farewell dinner.

He added: "I think the job wasn't finished. It was our pleasure to keep doing our job. We would like to do it, but we have to accept and understand what the board is doing for our club.

"For us, people have to understand too, that such a cut in our wage is too much for us. We want to do the job, but we have to look to our careers and to our lives too. I am very proud to have worked with Hearts and wish them all the best."

Sergio would be interested in a return to Scottish football, or a role in England.

The former Sporting Lisbon boss added: "I would love to keep working in the UK. I'm waiting for a few things, seeing if there is a possibility for me. If that chance will come I'm sure I'll do all my best to do a good job."

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