Football - Locke not worried over money talk

Hearts caretaker manager Gary Locke insisted there was no need to reassure players about the club's financial security before their 2-0 win over St Johnstone.

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Hours before ending their five-match losing streak in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, Hearts denied reports that employees had been told the club could go into administration.

That followed an earlier statement which declared there was no information to support suggestions that Vladimir Romanov had relinquished control of the club following his resignation from the board of majority shareholder UBIG.

But the statement failed to clear up several concerns, including the effect of Romanov's personal financial problems on Hearts, or the consequences of the collapse of Ukio Bankas, and whether UBIG would now seek to recoup some of the debt owed to it by the club.

"Players are not fussed about that," Locke said. "Over the years players are used to stuff that's in the media.

"Our sole focus was to get a victory and I'm delighted we have done that. It's business as usual. We were on a bad run, five losses in a row is not good enough for a club of our stature.

"Players responded in the right manner but it's only one game. We have got to take that on to the next few league games and hopefully if we play like that and put the same effort and commitment in, we will pick up a few points."

The next match sees Hearts face Hibernian at Easter Road and they could give themselves a top-six lifeline after moving six points behind their Edinburgh rivals with three games left before the split.

But Locke does not know if he will be in charge in Leith amid reports that Peter Houston, John Robertson and Derek McInnes are among those on a shortlist to replace John McGlynn on a permanent basis.

"I don't know what's going to happen between now and the derby," Locke said. "I'm not overly concerned about that. I was just delighted to get a win and dedicate that to John McGlynn and the supporters."

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