On taking over in early 2005, Russian-born businessman Vladimir Romanov set about trying to transform Hearts into title challengers in Scotland and a notable team on the European stage. To do so, investment was required in the playing squad and as such a raft of players arrived in summer 2005.
Signings became more varied in the subsequent years.
In Romanov’s first four full seasons in charge of the club, 70 players turned out for the club.
Between taking over in 2005 and the 2013-2014 season, 118 players pulled on the Hearts jersey.
There were a number of successes, some failures and a host of unusual occupants of a maroon top.
Success came in the Scottish Cup in 2006 and 2012, while the club split Celtic and Rangers in the 2005/06 campaign, becoming the first team to do so since Motherwell finished second in 1995.
Controversy came on and off the field before administration arrived in 2013.