Grant Scott resigns as manager of Hibs Ladies

The current SWPL Cup holders will need to act fast with the 2020 season kicking off in February

Monday, 16th December 2019, 7:27 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 8:47 am
Grant Scott has resigned as manager of Hibs Ladies after 21 months in charge. Picture: SNS

Hibs Ladies are on the lookout for a new manager with Grant Scott confirming he has resigned after 21 months in charge.

The former Hearts coach took over from predecessor Kevin Milne in March last year, initially on an interim basis, before landing the job permanently at the beginning of May.

He led the side to a successful defence of the SWPL Cup with a 9-0 thrashing of Celtic just a couple of weeks into his new role. The club then retained their SSE Scottish Cup title with an 8-0 victory over Motherwell in the final game of the 2018 season.

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The Hibees sealed a fourth successive SWPL Cup win in May with a penalty-shootout triumph over Glasgow City but lost their grip on the Scottish Cup last month to the same opponent. Hibs again finished runners-up in the league to 13-time champions City this season but they did qualify for the last 32 of the Champions League before bowing out to Slavia Prague.

Scott had to contend with the loss of some key personnel during his reign with Scottish internationalists Kirsty Smith and Lizzie Arnot leaving to join Manchester United last summer and, just last week, the 2019 SWPL 1 player of the year Jamie-Lee Napier was snapped up by Chelsea without Hibs receiving a fee.

As sad as he is to have come to this decision, Grant believes he has been left with little alternative.

“My personal circumstances have changed so it’s got to the stage where I don’t believe I can give my full commitment to the job anymore,” he told the Evening News. “I am now self-employed and I have to look after things from that point of view. I was giving up 20-30 hours each week during the season so I just can’t see how I can sustain that.”