Jefferies Won't Quit Over Interference

Jim Jefferies says he won't be quitting as Hearts manager despite the interference of majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov in his team selection.

Jeffries wasn't allowed to play Hearts captain Marius Zaliukas in Saturday's match against Rangers at Romanov's request. It's understood he was concerned his fellow Lithuanian might be sent off by referee Iain Brines.

Jefferies was already without injured duo Andy Webster and Lee Wallace and the suspended Ismael Bouzid.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow night's SPL match with Celtic, Jefferies said: ``There's no way I'm resigning. I'll come in here and I'll learn from that experience and I'll know what to do now.

``There were rumours going around on Saturday. I was getting texts from my son that I'd resigned.

``Yes, I was disappointed the way we were a bit short at the back, but the rumours that were flying around weren't true.''

Zaliukas is set to return to the Hearts team against Celtic, while Jefferies is optimistic Marian Kello - the goalkeeper has also been out of the team of late due to an undisclosed ``private matter'' - will also play.

Romanov is set to travel to Edinburgh and attend tomorrow night's match and will meet Jefferies for discussions about the future of the club.