The Mirror, 17/11/2005, p71 &72
By SHAUN MILNE
HEARTS coach Graham Rix last night vowed to plunder Vladimir Romanov’s cash vaults to deliver Champions League football to Tynecastle.
The Englishman insisted the club will strengthen their playing squad in January in a bid to make the Jambos the Chelsea of the north.
And he plans to start his new career off with a win at Aberdeen on Sunday – for the fans.
Firing off a warning to the Old Firm that his squad will only get stronger after the New Year, he said the league title is just the first trophy in his sights.
In his first major interview since joining Hearts, Rix told Mirror Sport: “I’d love to win the league. We’re going to give it our best shot to finish as high in the table as possible.
“The club is ambitious on and off the pitch but what matters most to me is what happens on it.
“It’s been a long, long time since Hearts won the title. The punters are dying for it, and the players are dying for it too.
“It would be a huge step forward.”
Rix indicated he has already had talks with majority shareholder Romanov to boost the squad which already boasts a clutch of international stars and he is confident that will lead to European football for the Jam Tarts at the highest possible level.
He said: “We have a guy in charge who has a few bob, whether he’s going about upsetting people or not.
“But ask any Chelsea fans what they think of Roman Abramovich and how they feel about playing in the Champions League every year.”
He insisted strengthening his team is vital to wrenching the SPL title from the Old Firm.
He said: “To win the league we need a quality squad where, as we see in the Premiership, teams like Chelsea have two people for every position who are world class.
“If Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool put out their strongest XI every week they have a chance. But they can’t do that. That’s where we have to improve.
“If we get a key player unavailable, we need someone of at least similar quality to come in for them, to ensure the momentum doesn’t stop.
“We have good players but if we can get better players than the ones we have now, so be it.
“I’m not content and I’m not happy. I’m excited. I won’t be content until we win some trophies.”
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