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FRANCK Sauzee is set to return to Easter Road in three weeks’ time to attend a lunch in his honour. The Frenchman, who was sacked as manager of Hibs in February, will be back at the club on 1 June to say a final farewell to fans.
THERE is an element of necessary hypocrisy about this business of changing managers - for the club involved, for the supporters, and for those who report on the matter. That much was plain at Easter Road yesterday, as a turbulent few days came to an end with the appointment of Bobby Williamson as Hibernian manager in succession to Franck Sauzee.
SIR, - The treatment of Franck Sauzee by the chairman and directors of Hibernian FC has been absolutely disgraceful. Franck was asked to take charge of Hibs at a very difficult time following the departure of Alex McLeish to Rangers. Anyone with any knowledge of football would have presumed he would have been given a decent amount of time to pull the club round - I know I did.
BOBBY WILLIAMSON today urged Hibs fans not to make a big issue of his arrival as he takes charge of the Easter Road side for the first time on Saturday - but to throw their full weight behind his players.
MARTYRDOM apart, there was not much more Bobby Williamson could do yesterday to demonstrate his allegiance to Hibs, having severed his long-term connection with Kilmarnock in circumstances that could yet have messy consequences.
FRANCK SAUZEE told Hibs fans he would "battle to the end" just 24 hours before he was controversially sacked.
THE manner in which Franck Sauzee has been lost to Hibs is a disgrace, according to Mike Burns, who is the editor of the fanzine Masshibsteria.
TALKS to make Bobby Williamson the new manager of Hibs were continuing today.
HEARTS boss Craig Levein today spoke of the sympathy he feels for former Hibs manager Franck Sauzee, who was sacked as Easter Road manager earlier this week after just 69 days in charge.
IT was enough to make you greet, the sight of Franck Sauzee, looking on helplessly from the dugout, arms tightly folded across his chest, shoulders hunched, his tiny mouth all snarled up and sad, as his players let him down once more. In a way, I’m glad I won’t have to experience it again.
BOBBY Williamson has agreed to become the new manager of Hibs, subject to the Easter Road club agreeing a compensation package for his release from Kilmarnock.
IF, as now seems certain, Bobby Williamson leaves Kilmarnock to become the new Hibs manager, supporters of the Edinburgh club will be entitled to ask a number of pertinent questions. Or rather, one pertinent question, which encapsulates the rest: in which direction are the board trying to take the club?
THE majority of the Hibs squad were enjoying the start of a long weekend off when the news broke that Franck Sauzee had been sacked - and it was probably just as well.
APPOINTING Franck Sauzee as manager was always a gamble for Hibs. Only time will tell if sacking him turns out to be an even bigger one.
EASTER Road became engulfed by an outpouring of regret yesterday as Franck Sauzee lamented his sudden sacking as Hibernian manager, and the club’s chairman, Malcolm McPherson, conceded that his appointment had been an error of judgment in the first place.
HIBS were today given permission to approach Kilmarnock boss Bobby Williamson for the vacant manager’s job at Easter Road.