Ogilvie takes the helm at Tynecastle

CAMPBELL Ogilvie has taken over the day-to-day running of Hearts in order to allow Pedro Lopez to concentrate on the planned redevelopment of Tynecastle. Ogilvie, who hitherto had the title of operations director, now becomes managing director, and will also look after commercial matters while the club seek a commercial director.

Formerly at Rangers, Ogilvie is one of the most experienced and popular administrators in Scottish football. He moved to Tynecastle more than two years ago, developing a good working relationship with Vladimir Romanov, Hearts' major shareholder, which he believes will help him make progress in his new role.

Lopez had been styled deputy chief executive, with Roman Romanov, Vladimir's son, having been chairman and acting chief executive for some time. The club confirmed that Lopez would "take full responsibility for the crucial club objective of securing stadium development at Tynecastle".

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Lopez has been working for a while on the plan to build a new stand and a related building. With an application for planning permission having been submitted, the amount of time club officials need to devote to the project will increase considerably.