STEVE MARSELLA can’t wait to get started in his new role at Hibs after agreeing to follow Terry Butcher and Maurice Malpas from Inverness to Easter Road.
Marsella, who was Butcher’s trusty chief scout and goalkeeping coach at the Caledonian Stadium, turned down the chance to stay in the Highlands in order to move to Hibs.
The 46-year-old is believed to have signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Hibs, although his main duties with the Edinburgh side are likely to be on the scouting front, with Scott Thomson already filling the role of goalkeeping coach at Easter Road.
Marsella revealed that Inverness chairman Kenny Cameron was keen for him to stay on in the Highlands, but the opportunity to join forces once again with Butcher and Malpas was too good to turn down.
He said: “The Inverness chairman was brilliant, he offered me a position and a contract with the club, but the reason I need to move on is because my position is one a lot of managers don’t keep.
“If a new manager comes in at Inverness he will want to bring his players in and use his own scouts and agents and his own goalkeeping coach.
“I had lunch with the Inverness chairman and a long chat and he wanted me to stay, but I think it is time for me to move on, although I wish the club all the best.
“I don’t want to be stuck at a club where the new manager did not want me. Terry and Maurice want me and I am looking forward to going to Hibs now.”
Marsella filled a roving role for Caley, covering thousands of miles every season to watch matches around the country and unearth new talent.
He was the man responsible for bringing goal machine Billy McKay to Inverness, along with Owain Tudur Jones – who recently signed for Hibs – and a number of other players who have gone on to become mainstays of the Caley side.
He is looking forward to joining forces with Butcher and Malpas once again, believing that they work well together and that they can uncover some more hidden gems.
He continued: “We all worked well together, Terry, Maurice and I. Nobody knew who Billy McKay was when I brought him in, or Gary Warren, Dean Brill, James Vincent or Marley Watkins.
“And joining Hibs gives me the opportunity to get home at one in the morning, rather than five or six after going to games in England.”