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Csaba Laszlo factfile and career history

Published Date: 30 January 2010
Following his departure has Hearts manager we look at Csaba Laszlo's career highs and lows.

1964: Born on February 13 in Odorheiu, Romania, of Hungarian decent. After beginning his playing career in Romania, Laszlo flees to Germany due to difficulties faced by the Hungarian community during the Ceausescu regime.

1991: After a playing career which includes spells at Romanian clubs Progresul Odorheiu, FC Unirea Cristur, and Szekelyudvarhely Haladas, and German sides Spvgg Oberhausen, TuS Grevenbroich 1911, CFB Ford-Niehl, and SC Bayer 05 Uerdingen, Laszlo is forced to retire at 27 with a knee injury.

1996: Studies for UEFA Pro Licence in Germany and works as a coach at TuS Grevenbroich 1911, SV Blau-Weiss Kerpen.

1999: Joins the Borussia Monchengladbach Academy.

January 2004: Appointed assistant manager of Hungary under Lothar Matthaus. Results include a 3-0 win over Scotland at Hampden.

June 2004: Appointed head coach of Ferencvaros. Results include a UEFA Cup win against Hearts at Murrayfield.

2006: Leaves to join TCFC Sopron after Ferencvaros run into financial difficulty.

July 2006: Leaves to become Uganda manager. Misses out on leading them to the 2008 African Cup of Nations on goal difference.

July 2008: Appointed Hearts manager on a three-year contract.

May 2009: Guides Hearts to third place in league, and is named Manager of the Year by the Scottish Football Writers' Association and the SPL.

August 20, 2009: Hearts suffer 4-0 thrashing in Europa League play-off round first leg against Dinamo Zagreb.

August 21, 2009: Laszlo claims he would consider quitting Tynecastle if he was not allowed to realise his "vision" for the club. He reveals he had been offered a new contract which he was stalling on signing because he had been unable to replace key players.

August 28, 2009: – Majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov blames Laszlo for the lack of signings, claiming his transfer targets were not of a high enough standard.

October 2009: Laszlo expresses his frustration that Hearts had gone backwards since the previous season.

November 7, 2009: After Hearts dominate a goalless Edinburgh derby, Laszlo claims he would be sacked if he told the truth about whether he would be allowed to sign a new striker in January.

November 19, 2009: Laszlo reveals he would welcome talks with the SFA over the vacant Scotland job if given permission by Hearts.

November 21, 2009: Hearts are forced to deny rumours Laszlo has quit following a 2-1 Clydesdale Bank Premier League defeat to St Johnstone.

2010: January 29, 2010: Laszlo is sacked after more than 18 months in charge after continuing to express his frustration over being unable to sign new players.

Taken from the Scotsman

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