Easter Road search begins
Strachan tops list to replace Lennon in Hibs dug-out
Gordon Strachan: out of work since October 2017 (pic: SNS Group)
Former Scotland and Celtic manager Gordon Strachan is the bookies favourite to replace Neil Lennon at Easter Road after the Hibs boss was suspended at the weekend.
Lennon was engaged in a backroom bust up that brought an ignominious end to his tenure at the Edinburgh club which returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory at bottom club St Mirren yesterday.
Strachan, a boyhood HIbs fan, has been out of work since leaving his national coaching job in October 2017. Others linked with the Hibs job include St Johnston boss Tommy Wright, Celtic assistant coach John Kennedy, and former Newcastle and Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew.
Lennon and Hibernian were said to be in talks with their respective legal teams following the dispute which erupted at the club’s East Mains training base on Friday afternoon.
Lennon and his assistant Garry Parker were both suspended in what was said to be an angry exchange with chief executive Leeann Dempster over transfer business.
Coaches Eddie May and Grant Murray were in the dug-out for Sunday’s match and May stated afterwards that he did not want to be considered for the post full-time. It is understood both were at Friday’s meeting which prompted the fallout.
Elsewhere this weekend Rangers returned to second in the Premier League after a 3-0 win at Livingston. Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard is now focused on retaining top players Morelos and Tavernier amid speculation of late bids in the transfer window.
Saturday results: Aberdeen 0 Kilmarnock 0, Celtic 3 Hamilton 0, Dundee 0 Motherwell 1, Hearts 2 St Johnstone 0. Sunday: St Mirren 1 Hibernian 3, Livingston 0 Rangers 3