Hibs caretaker boss Billy Brown today insisted he’ll be doing things “my way” after taking his first training session with the Easter Road squad.
But before Brown led the players out at their East Mains training centre, ex-manager Colin Calderwood called in to say his farewells after being axed following last weekend’s defeat to Dunfermline.
It was the first time Calderwood had come face-to-face with the players since he was sacked just 24 hours after that latest setback, the squad having been told prior to the match they could have a four-day break.
The Pars defeat was Calderwood’s 26th in 49 matches in barely 13 months in charge and it was one which left Hibs a single point off the bottom of the SPL table.
The players gathered in the changing room to be addressed by Calderwood – who is widely expected to become Chris Hughton’s assistant at Birmingham City – before Brown got down to starting to prepare them for the visit of Kilmarnock a week tomorrow.
Today Brown said: “We had a good, hard session. I train in a certain manner and they have to respond to that. Everyone was fine. It’s very clear the position we are in so we have to work hard to get out of it, whoever is here.
“The players are well aware, if they did not already know the position, that they have to start winning games, simple as that.”
It was Calderwood’s failure to do so which sealed his fate but, Brown insisted, the former Scotland defender wasn’t the only one at fault, saying: “It’s a results driven business and one man gets the blame.
“The players have to get the finger out and start playing. The manager has gone because results were not good enough, the players now have to get on with it and get playing.”
Brown wouldn’t be drawn on his own position although he has previously declared he has the ambition to become a manager in his own right, insisting he would be focusing entirely on the job in hand for however long it might last.
He said: “I have to make sure that between now and anything happening that everyone is fit, that everyone knows what is in front of them and to make them responsible for their actions.
“The players liked Colin and I’d like to think that in that respect one or two feel they have let him down. My job in the interim is to make sure the boys are working as hard as I want them to. They won’t be getting any easy ride while I am here, be assured of that. I am the man in charge so they will train in the manner I want them to train, it will be a wee bit different.”
Brown, however, doesn’t have seven of his squad available with Paul Hanlon, David Wotherspoon, Leigh Griffiths and Callum Booth part of the Scotland Under-21 squad which will face Holland in Nijmegen on Monday night while David Stephens, Richie Towell and Victor Palsson are also on international duty with Wales, the Republic of Ireland and Iceland.