Jim Jefferies wants return to football

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland
Jim Jefferies
Jefferies was sacked by Hearts in August

Former Hearts manager Jim Jefferies is now keen to to get back into football following a short sabbatical.

But he would not be drawn on the possibility of taking over at St Johnstone should Derek McInnes win the race to take over at Bristol City.

"That's up to the people in charge up there to decide who they want to take through," the 60-year-old told BBC Scotland.

"So we will just have to wait and see how that comes about."

Jefferies, along with his assistant Billy Brown, was sacked by Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov in August.

Long-time colleague Brown has since become assistant to under-pressure Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood, with Jefferies' blessing.

"I said at the time that I would like to take a little break before I get back into football," said the

"At that time, just three weeks into a season, I think its only Hearts who let their managers go after that time.

"So its unfortunate that you have to wait for an opportunity coming up."

Jefferies was also quick to defend his successor at Hearts, Paul Sergio, after he was criticised by a section of the fans after defeats by Ayr United and St Johnstone.

"It was good to see Hearts bounce back with a win against Celtic and then going to Dunfermline and get a result," he added.

"That's what you have to put up with in football. Maybe we are too quick to down our game."