Hibs ready to step up search for new boss

Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster
Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster
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Hibs are set to spend the next few days drawing up a shortlist for their managerial vacancy after receiving more than .40 applications

Chief executive Leeann Dempster has been leading the search for a new boss since Terry Butcher was axed on Tuesday in the wake of relegation to the Championship.

Ian Murray, Stuart McCall, Owen Coyle, Danny Lennon and former Easter Road managers John Collins and Tony Mowbray are among those to have been linked with the position.

The board will run the rule over the names who have applied over the last few days, as well as pinpointing candidates of their own choice. The Hibs players are due to return to pre-season training on Monday week, which increases the sense of urgency surrounding the appointment.

“We are carrying out diligence on the names that are of greatest interest to us – from those targeted by us and also those who have come towards us – and from that process we are creating our short-list,” said Dempster. “I would hope that we will be able to start talking to people over the next few days. I understand there will be a lot of speculation and interest, and we will try to keep people posted when it is appropriate to do so. Meantime, we will try to get things concluded to get the right person in as quickly as we can.”

Meanwhile, Dempster confirmed the appointment of George Craig to the newly-created role of Head of Football Operations. Craig, who led the review and restructure of the Scottish FA’s Club Academy Scotland elite player development programme, will oversee improvements to the Academy and player development programme, ensuring there is a structured pathway for players to develop from the Academy to the under 20s and first-team squads.