Hearts manager Sergio laughs off Shiels comments

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Media conference - Hearts manager Paulo Sergio

Hearts manager Paulo Sergio has described Kilmarnock counterpart Kenny Shiels as "like a clown" after the latter's comments about team selection.

Goalkeeper Marian Kello was dropped from the Hearts team last week after he refused a move to Austria Vienna.

Shiels said he would resign if his club insisted on a keeper being omitted.

And Sergio said of Shiels: "Now I know why everybody in the game is speaking so badly about him. He should listen to what his own players say about him."

Killie host Hearts on Saturday and, asked if he would shake Shiels' hand, Sergio joked: "His hand, his neck, everything. I like a lot to laugh.

"This guy is talking about principles? Instead of sticking his nose into other teams he should look at what is happening inside his own.

"He is like a clown. I am saving money every day when I open the newspapers instead of going to the stand up comedy and paying for a ticket.

"Every single morning I have a big laugh when I open the newspapers. A guy that is talking about principles doesn't show any kind of ethics for anybody in this game.

"Everybody should be learning with him. I'm sure Alex Ferguson every single day is reading these things because there are lots of things to learn there.

"Maybe it's a strategy. I remember after they came here, won 1-0 against 10 men for the whole game - the 10 men of Hearts played football and deserved a different result - after he talked about negative psychology."

Shiels said on Thursday: "I don't know what way [Hearts owner] Mr Romanov's going to make his selections but certainly they've got a good pool of players to pick from.

"I wouldn't be in that position because my remit as a manager is to select the team and if the chairman interferes then I'm off because you have to have principles. It's either back me or sack me.

"Certainly, there's no way I would let a chairman tell me what players to pick."

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