Jamie MacDonald looks back at Vladimir Romanov's turbulent time in charge of Hearts
Hearts goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald has been reflecting on Vladimir Romanov's turbulent period in charge of the club.
Last Updated: 27/06/13 9:45am
The Edinburgh side have gone into administration and have been handed a 15-point deduction ahead of the start of the new Scottish Premier League season.
MacDonald has been at the club throughout Romanov's eight-year reign and has agreed to drop his wages by half as part of the Tynecastle club's battle to stay alive.
Speaking to the Daily Record, MacDonald said: "If you look back to the start of Romanov's reign, that's where most of the damage was done.
"The odd time he'd come in for meetings and do a little speech through his interpreter. Some of the meetings were mental to say the least, with threats and what not, especially in the early days.
"That was just his character. You don't know if it was just a psychological thing to put in a fear factor. It's a different culture over in Lithuania."
The 26-year-old also remembers the infamous 'Riccarton Three' incident which saw Romanov label Hearts trio Steven Pressley, Paul Hartley and Craig Gordon as traitors for speaking out about the leadership of the club.
MacDonald added: "I remember the time of the Riccarton Three well. It involved our three best players and he was threatening not to play them.
"It was character building. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. It was just his way of dealing with things rightly or wrongly."
Hearts kick off their league campaign with an opening day fixture away at St Johnstone.