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Byline: By JOE McHUGH

STEVEN PRESSLEY admitted he's been amazed by the speed of the revolution at Tynecastle.

The Hearts skipper never expected the arrival of Lithuanian investor Vladimir Romanov to have such an immediate impact on the club's fortunes.

Elvis said: "I spoke with Mr Romanov in January about his plans and he spoke about his intentions for the club in terms of moving forward and challenging the Old Firm this season.

"I wasn't entirely sure how we were going to do that, I thought it might involve bringing in young guys like Saul Mikoliunas and developing them in a longer-term strategy. But bringing in real quality players like Edgaras Jankauskas and Panagiotis Fyssas is a different matter and speaks for itself, as they have got a real pedigree.

"It's only early days but winning our first five league games has given us a great platform to work from.

"The challenge to the Old Firm must come from more than one club, we're doing our bit and I hope Hibs, Aberdeen and Dundee United can all help as well.

"We need to break the monotony of the Old Firm and have more than two teams challenging for the title.

"Sustaining a challenge to the Old Firm will be difficult because they do have the strength in depth and have been over the course before.

"It's new territory for us but I hope that we have the strength of character in the dressing room to sustain a challenge and cope with the pressure.

"It's so important to welcome players to the club, that's part of the captain's role, and I'm happy to help the guys settle in any way I can."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 4, 2005
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