DOUGIE FREEDMAN is the latest name to drop out of the running for the Hearts job after taking up a role at Crystal Palace.
Dougie Freedman has pulled out of the race to be new head coach of Hearts after he accepted a role as sporting director at Crystal Palace.
Hearts interim boss Jon Daly, ex-Hearts players Steven Pressley and Paul Hartley and one-time Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies are still understood to be under consideration for the Tynecastle post.
Now he will work closely with Steve Parish and Frank de Boer in player recruitment and all football-based elements of the club.
"I always worked with a sporting director during my time as manager at Ajax - I am looking forward to working with Dougie in this transfer window and beyond".
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However, the Yorkshire club are determined to keep Wood at Elland Road , and that's led to claims of the player being offered a new and improved contract.
He added: "I'm delighted that Dougie has agreed to accept the position and look forward to continuing Crystal Palace's progression to become a solid Premier League club with the right infrastructure".
Freedman, who had been out of worked since being sacked as Nottingham Forest manager in March 2016, was interviewed by Hearts owner Ann Budge but has now chose to return to Selhurst Park to offer his support to manager and former Rangers defender Frank de Boer.
However, the ex-Scotland global has been out of work since leaving Nottingham Forest and had to patch up his relationship with chairman Steve Parish to get the new job, after he walked out of the club to take over at Bolton Wanderers in 2012.
Palace chairman Steve Parish said the appointment of Freedman, who managed the club from January 2011 to October 2012 before leaving for Bolton, ended a lengthy search for a new sporting director.