Hibernian announced the sacking of manager Shaun Maloney just four months after appointing him as the head coach. He was sacked after the club failed to finish in the top six and was knocked out of the Scottish Cup by Hearts. The backroom staff of Gary Caldwell, Valerio Zuddas, and Brian Doogan have also left the club with former captain David Gray taking over until the end of the season.
“Our hope in appointing Shaun Maloney as a young, highly regarded coach was that he would help us take the club forward, but ultimately that has not been the case,” Hibernian said in a statement after the sacking of Shaun Maloney. “We thank Shaun and his coaching staff for all their hard work and efforts and wish them all the best for the future.”
“Four months in a job is a really short period of time, he probably deserved a little bit more time but I understand where he (Ron Gordon) is coming from. We have been beaten by our local rivals, we haven’t made the top six, and he’s only won one game since the turn of the year,” Former Hibernian winger Kevin Harper said. “It takes time to change and put your methods across, but you also have to remember football is about winning games and if you don’t then the pressure from the fans and upstairs increases. In the statement, Ron Gordon’s put out he’s said it was an experiment and I think by that he is taking responsibility for an experiment that didn’t work For me they will look at an experienced manager but I don’t think they will have a candidate in mind. I think that’s why David Gray is in until the end of the season, they will take stock and reassess and try and make sure the next appointment is the right one for the club moving forward.”
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