Hibs enter consultation with coaching staff over redundancies as cutbacks loom

Financial impact of Covid-19 set to result in Easter Road job losses

Hibs first team coach Grant Murray. Pic: SNS Group Ross MacDonald
Hibs first team coach Grant Murray. Pic: SNS Group Ross MacDonald

Hibs have entered negotiations with members of their coaching staff over potential redundancies, according to reports.

The positions of first team coach Grant Murray, along with development squad coaches Lee Makel and Colin Nish are said to be at risk from the impending cutbacks at Easter Road as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

The club has entered a formal consultation period with its staff which is expected to last between 30 and 40 days before final decisions are made over job losses.

First team players have also been asked to accept wage cuts as Hibs chairman Ron Gordon warned of the "substantial and unsustainable strain" on club finances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Former Raith Rovers boss Murray joined Hibs in October 2015 as a youth coach before progressing to work with the first team.

He was part of the caretaker management team alongside Eddie May following Paul Heckingbottom's departure last season.

Nish previously played for Hibs and has also managed Cowdenbeath, while Makel has been coaching the Easter Road youths for the past five years following stints at Ostersunds in Sweden and also at Cowdenbeath.

The club has not commented on the future of the three coaches, while there has been no confirmation over reports that goalkeeping coach Alan Combe has left the club and will be replaced by Craig Samson, who previously worked under Jack Ross at Sunderland at St Mirren.