Hibs continue search for new sports scientist

Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs, right, has lost the services of sports scientist Craig Flannigan, left, to Rangers. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs, right, has lost the services of sports scientist Craig Flannigan, left, to Rangers. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
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Hibs are still working towards finding the right candidate to replace sports scientist Craig Flannigan.

It emerged in August that Flannigan, whose official title was head of sports science and fitness, was working his notice at Easter Road after being headhunted by Rangers. He has since moved to Ibrox, leaving the Edinburgh club without 
anyone to front that department of their backroom team.

However, Hibs won’t be rushed into an appointment as they want to make sure they recruit the right person to a position which is deemed crucial to the team’s prospects of success.

“We’ve held some discussions with people and that’s ongoing,” head coach Alan Stubbs told the Evening News. “The announcement will come when we feel we’ve got the right person.

“We could easily pick anybody and give them the job but that’s not the way we work. There’s a due diligence that we go through. It has to be the right person with the right character and mentality.”

After sports science had been neglected at Hibs under Terry Butcher, the club moved to bring in Flannigan in summer 2014 as chief executive Leeann Dempster led a rebuild of the club. His role was crucial to ensuring that the players were at their peak, but Stubbs is adamant Hibs can cope without a sports scientist in the interim until a new candidate is found.

“We’re well covered,” he said. “We knew this was coming so we’ve had a contingency plan in place for a number of weeks. We’ve not been affected by it. We’ve got people in place to cover whatever comes up.”

Meanwhile Hibs’ development team face their Aberdeen counterparts at Ainslie Park today (2pm).