Hibs to appoint manager with 'attacking mentality' but speculation is 'wide of the mark'

Hibs will appoint a new head coach with an “attacking mentality” club CEO Ben Kensell confirmed as he updated fans on the managerial search.

Hibs chief executive Ben Kensell is leading the search for a new manager. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)
Hibs chief executive Ben Kensell is leading the search for a new manager. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)

The Easter Road side have been linked with a number of candidates including former boss Neil Lennon, Alex Neil and Derek McInnes among others since parting company with Jack Ross last week following a 1-0 defeat at Livingston.

However, while confirming there has been significant interest in the role, Kensell has indicated that much of the speculation is “wide of the mark”, adding that the club is undertaking a “thorough and strategic approach” to the search.

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“Firstly, I’d like to place on record my thanks to David Gray, Eddie May, and Craig Samson for taking charge of the first team during this interim period,” Kensell said. “We have a big week coming up and I know how hard the players and management team are working to get the performances we are all looking for.

“As they continue to work tirelessly, I am also fully focused on the task in hand to make sure we get the correct appointment to move this football club forwards.

“I would like to assure all supporters that we are undergoing an incredibly thorough and strategic approach as we recruit a new manager. As a club you must continuously plan for the future and have a clear plan in-place for every eventuality due to the fast-moving and ever-changing nature of the sport. This has allowed us to stay in control of this rigorous process.

“There has, unsurprisingly, been a lot of interest in the role and speculation in the media regarding the managerial position, and much of this has been wide of the mark.

“We have a clear vision for the football club. We want to acquire a manager who has an attacking mentality and is progressive and hungry for the opportunity to build something special here at a big club in Hibs. In summary, our process has been robust, and there is clarity and a support plan for the manager we select that will help us achieve our long-term ambitions.

“We are coming to a conclusion, but I’d urge everyone to get behind David Gray, his coaching staff, and the players at this evening’s important cinch Premiership game against Dundee, and we will update supporters in the near future regarding an appointment.”

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