Motherwell have today refused Hearts permission to speak to manager Mark McGhee.
The Edinburgh club made their move following the end of the SPL season.
McGhee steered Motherwell to third place and UEFA Cup qualification in his first year at Fir Park, while Hearts finished in eighth.
The Motherwell board are eager to keep McGhee, and announced: “Motherwell Football Club can today confirm that it has received an official approach from Heart of Midlothian Football Club, seeking permission to speak with current manager Mark McGhee about the vacant managerial role at Tynecastle.
“After consideration, the Motherwell FC board of directors have decided to refuse this request.”