Dempster narrows Hibs boss shortlist down to four

Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster

Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster

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Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster was today deliberating as to the identity of the next Easter Road manager after returning to Edinburgh, having spent much of the week interviewing potential candidates.

Dempster was confronted with a list of more than 40 applications following the sacking of Terry Butcher, to which further names were added, as she began an exhaustive search for the former England captain’s replacement.

Ex-Hibs captain Ian Murray, now boss of Championship rivals Dumbarton, was the early front-runner but numerous other names have emerged, with former Celtic defender and Everton youth coach Alan Stubbs and Mark Venus, No.2 to Tony Mowbray during his time in Edinburgh, subsequently becoming the bookies’ favourites.

Others such as Owen Coyle, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Stuart McCall, whom Dempster knows well from her spell at Motherwell, have also been mooted.

Hibs, however, have refused to confirm or deny who may be in the frame, but Dempster is believed to have whittled the long list of names down to just four, from which she will decide which one she will recommend to her fellow directors, with the expectation that her choice will meet with their approval.