Date: 14th May 2008 at 3:42pm
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Once again the disappointment and sheer exasperation within the Hearts support has gotten to the stage where people are desperately searching for any possible explanation that they can to shed light on the club’s alarming decline over the past two seasons.

Those who still ‘believe’ (God I hate that word!) that Romanov and co can’t possibly want the core business of the club (the football team) to perform poorly are still hopeful that this summer will see Hearts finally getting things sorted out, starting with the appointment of a new manager. They also feel that the disappointing results and performances we’ve seen this season, which arguably hit the lowest of low ebbs last night at Fir Park, is actually a good thing for the club in that it will only serve to further spur the owners into action, making them realise that the way they’ve been running things simply isn’t going to work.

While I do admire the optimism of the hardy few who are still in that category, are they merely continuing to delude themselves as much as many of us had done up until this season with regards to Romanov’s intentions for Hearts?

As I’ve hinted at on this site before, it was suggested to me a long time ago that the Romanovs were merely here to ‘use’ Hearts in the extreme to make some quick and dirty money. The primary focus I was told, was a betting syndicate who would be given privileged information about various things in relation to Hearts, from team line-ups and transfers to match results.

I scoffed at these suggestions at the time and thought that they were yet more jealous ramblings from fans of other clubs – and let’s face it I had justification in doing so given the fact that Hearts were being shot at from every sniper the media could find when they were riding high at the top of the SPL in 2005. A lot of the jibes about ‘significant unrest behind the scenes’ and ‘Tynecastle will be turned into flats’ had a very hollow ring to them back then, and tended to be communicated more in hope rather than expectation from those who were allegedly ‘ in the know’.

But what do we think of all this now I wonder? There certainly was ‘significant unrest’ as our former captain revealed to us on that infamous afternoon at Riccarton, and the subsequent mis-management of the Hearts first team since then has been so bad it’s left most of us desperately trying to find the right words to describe it. In fact, during the whole time that the Romanovs have been in power at Tynecastle, we have been regularly asking questions like ‘why are our best players not being picked?’, ‘why was he allowed to leave the club?’, ‘why are our tactics and team line-ups so inexplicably different every week?’ and more recently, ‘why are we continually playing with only a single player in attack, even at home against botttom-of-the-league opposition?’.

Without wanting to say for sure what is actually going on behind the scenes at Tynecastle (cos I haven’t a clue), am I the only one who thinks that these questions would all be answered in a single sweep if the truth was that certain influential figures at our club were involved in sticking the odd bet on certain things related to Hearts happening? It would make a lot of sense, especially those who cannot get their heads around why it is that Hearts appear to be so intent on doing all they can to make sure that the team doesn’t perform well.

Of course, this could well be a load of nonsense – a malicious rumour started by someone in the media or even the pub who clearly wants Hearts to remain in their current damaged state. But without anything in the way of proper communication coming out of Tynecastle at the moment, then as far as your average Jambo is concerned, literally anything is possible.

Trying times…….