Easter Road dismissal

Hibernian sack head coach Heckingbottom after poor run

Paul Heckingbottom: relieved of duties (pic: SNS Group)

Hibernian have sacked head coach Paul Heckingbottom after a poor start to the season.

His dismissal follows a heavy defeat to Celtic in the League Cup semi-final and comes just days after Craig Levein was fired by Edinburgh neighbours Hearts who were also losing semi-finalists at the weekend.

Both clubs are languishing at the foot of the Scottish Premiership and Hearts owner Ann Budge today announced a change of structure at Tynecastle.

Heckingbottom has been in charge at Easter Road for just eight months. He instantly led the team to an unbeaten 10 league games but this term his team has gathered a mere nine points from a possible 33.

The 42-year-old Englishman succeeded Neil Lennon in February and steered the team to a respectable fifth-placed finish, but the former Barnsley and Leeds United boss has been unable to build on that early success.

Despite signing players during the summer, the team has struggled to find any form, their last league victory being against St Mirren on the opening day.

He lost faith among the supporters whom he partly blamed for the club’s performances, insisting their panic played a part in his side throwing away a two goal lead against St Johnstone.

Hearts and Hibernian have played 20 Scottish Premiership matches between them so far this season and won just one game each. Hearts have not won at home since a 2-1 victory over Aberdeen at the end of March.

In July Sir Tom Farmer sold Hibernian to US-based business tycoon Ronald Gordon who made his fortune in American broadcasting. There was no comment today from Mr Gordon on today’s developments.

See also:

Budge changes Hearts structure with sporting director role

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