Alan Stubbs expects a few “oohs and aahs” from Hibs fans as their nerve is tested while the team adapts to the new style of play he is implementing.
The new Easter Road head coach is trying to instil a game based on patience, possession and passing although he’s told his players not to be afraid to make mistakes.
Stubbs believes there are similarities to what he saw at Everton last season when Roberto Martinez first took over from long-serving manager David Moyes. He said: “Under Moyes it was a different style to when Roberto came in. There was a lot more patient build-up to get the team up the pitch and there were times when the Everton fans were frustrated.
“That’s the way it’s going to be with the way I want my players to play. I want them to take risks, but not the wrong risks. However to take risks, there’ll be a few ‘oohs and aahs’ from the fans. They have to trust us.”
Stubbs accepted there was a little edginess among the home fans as Hibs, having hit Livingston with two early goals in their opening Championship match last weekend, were left clinging on for a 2-1 win. He said: “I think the nervousness was a result of last season, not this season. We were in total control in the first half but in the second we gave Livingston that bit of impetus to come back into the game. But as I said to the players afterwards, we are not going to dominate a game for 90 minutes no matter whether the opposition are at the top or the bottom.
“There are going to be periods when we are going to have to dig in and see it through. From that point of view the players were great but we have to be more solid as a group when we are under pressure. We will manage it better in the weeks and months ahead.”