Date: 29th May 2008 at 1:16pm
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As could have been easily predicted after Hearts’ move for Motherwell manager Mark McGhee fell through this week, the club are now being linked with moves for all of the other candidates whom the press believe the Romanovs were interested in before McGhee became the favourite.

One of those is former Motherwell, Preston and Derby manager Billy Davies, who is currently out of work. Many Hearts fans seem quite keen for Davies to be interviewed for the job, but although he said today that he’d be interested in speaking to the club, he has also made it very clear that anyone interested in his services should contact him first, not the other way around.

Davies was quoted as saying:

‘My track record speaks for itself. I’ve got no intention of applying for the Hearts job or any other job. People know what my record is and they know what type of manager I am. My pedigree is quite clear, they (Hearts] either want that type of manager or they want something different.

‘If any interested party wants to speak to me, I will listen to them and then make a judgement from there. At the moment there has been no contact from Hearts. I’m very open-minded. I have no preference as to where the next job may lie, whether it’s Scotland, England or abroad.

‘I’m happy to listen to what people would have to say and only once I sit down and look at the club, the people at the club and the whole package would I make a judgement on my future.’

I’m just wondering when it was exactly that Billy Davies acquired a managerial record to rival that of Sir Alex Ferguson? Just who does this little runt think he is?

There’s always been something about this guy that’s irritated me and perhaps his quotes have helped to establish exactly what that is – arrogance. I’m not saying that having arrogance is necessarily a bad thing when it comes to the world of football management, but he really should be clever enough to realise that coming out with quotes like this in advance of seriously achieving anything in his short managerial career really does give off negative vibes. Fair enough, he did a decent job with Preston and Derby, but that was all he did – a decent job. Before that at Motherwell he was unsuccessful. Does this all equate to giving it this sort attitude? Hardly.

I didn’t want Hearts to touch Billy Davies even before I read these quotes, but now it’s fair to say that I want them to even less!