Yorkshireman only took over Easter Road in February, but leaves with Hibs just one point in the Scottish Premier League
Last update: 04/11/19 8:16 pm
Hibernian confirmed that he fired head coach Paul Heckingbottom after nine months in charge of the Scottish Premiership club.
Heckingbottom led Hibs to a fifth place in the Scottish Premier League last year, but this term failed to win a game since the opening day of the season against St Mirren, with the club currently in 10th place in the table.
Club Statement | Paul Heckingbottom and Robbie Stockdale have been relieved of their duties at the club.
Eddie May will take over interimly, with the support of Grant Murray and Steven Whittaker.
Followers can expect more comments from the club in the coming days. pic.twitter.com/uuyqhFPqRZ
– Hibernian FC (@HibernianFC) November 4, 2019
His departure comes after Hibs was knocked out of the Scottish League Cup by Celtic after a 5-2 loss at Hampden Park on Saturday.
The 42-year-old man, formerly in charge of Barnsley and Leeds, was appointed manager in February and signed a three-and-a-half year contract on Easter Road, which will take him until June 2022.
He succeeded Neil Lennon, who left the club by mutual consent and won the third successive domestic triplet of Celtic after returning to Parkhead in February.
Heckingbottom's assistant, Robbie Stockdale, also left Easter Road, while Eddie May, after his brief period as a caregiver after Lennon's dismissal, will take over the affairs of the first team until further notice along with Grant Murray and Steven Whittaker. .
The two Edinburgh clubs in the Premier League now lack a manager, since last week the city rivals, Hearts dismissed Chief Craig Levein after he also recorded a victory in the Premier League this season, with the club languishing in 11th place
Hibs will face St Johnstone on Saturday as they seek to end a spell of five consecutive draws in the league.
Moyes is discarded
David Moyes has confirmed that he is not interested in the vacancy of Hibernian or Hearts.
"No, no job would be of interest to me," he said.
"I would not say that I would not return to Scotland. Scotland is my love and Glasgow is where I am from. I hope that one day I can return, but at this moment it is not only now."
Former Hibernian managers John Hughes and Alan Stubbs have publicly expressed interest in returning to the role.
It is also understood that Sunderland's former manager, St Mirren and Alloa Athletic, Jack Ross, is interested in a quick return to management, and Sky Sports News learned that it would be a popular date in the Hibs locker room
Hibernian's new owner, Ron Gordon, and the chief executive, Leeann Dempster, are expected to address the media later this week.
Who is next for Hibernian?
So, Moyes has already ruled out of a return to Scotland to administer Hibs, but who else could be in the race for first place on Easter Road?
Jack Ross has been out of work since leaving Sunderland earlier last month. He lost in the play-off final at the end of last season against Charlton Athletic.
Ross, who previously played a coach in Hearts, his rival in the city, led St Mirren to the title of the Scottish Championship in 2018, so he knows the Scottish game well.
Sky Sports News understands that Ross would be a popular option within Hibernian's locker room and among the support.
Ross previously played in Falkirk with George Craig, head of football operations at Hibernian, and also directed midfielder Steven Mallen in St Mirren.
Former Hibernian captain and manager John Hughes would be interested in returning to the Easter Road shelter.
The confessed Hibs fan has been out of work since leaving Raith Rovers in 2017 and would be a popular choice among Hibernian fans.
He achieved Hibs between 2009 and 2010 and took them to a fourth place in what was the SPL at that time.
He went on to have spells in Livingston and Hartlepool before leading Inverness Caledonian Thistle to glory in the 2015 Scottish Cup final for the first time.
Alan Stubbs won the Scottish Cup for the first time in 114 years with Hibernian in 2016 in a 3-2 victory over the Rangers. However, the week after the game, he retired choosing to return to England with Rotherham. It only lasted five months due to a series of bad results.
Stubbs was most recently in charge of the Scottish Premier League team, St Mirren, replacing Jack Ross after his move to Sunderland. But he was only at work for three months.
Stubbs is eager to return to Easter Road, executive director Leeann Dempster named him in 2014 and they have a good working relationship.
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