Unlucky, Inevitable, Good Riddance? Hibs bosses - Monty included - ranked as club go back to drawing board

Trigger-happy board building reputation for chaotic leadership

A fourth Hibs manager sacked in a little under two-and-a-half years, starting with the overly hasty departure of Jack Ross just six months after Ron Gordon acquired Sir Tom Farmer’s controlling interest in the club. A sixth dismissal since Neil Lennon’s mysterious leave taking in January of 2019.

Yep. It’s genuinely baffling, isn’t it? Why DO Hibernian – and the Gordon family, in particular - have a reputation for being trigger happy?

The rate this club are going through gaffers, the next man up should probably ask for a large chunk of his contract to be guaranteed, in financial terms, just in case he gets tapped on the shoulder a week into pre-season. Seriously. While there is never a shortage of managerial wannabes for every available job, this constant air of instability around Hibs can NOT make it easier for them to attract candidates of a certain calendar.

Will Bill Foley’s Black Knight group bring their influence to bear now, helping to identify and appoint a manager capable of changing the pattern of short-term thinking and swift changes of tack? That’s a lot to ask of a guy with just a 25 per cent shareholding. But Hibs fans can live in hope, right?

On what is guaranteed to be a busy day of activity out at East Mains, with Scottish Cup-winning captain David Gray limbering up for yet another stint as caretaker boss, we take a look at the past five sackings. And rate the axed gaffers according to whether they were unlucky, unimpressive or unlikely to fetch much sympathy for being given the boot.