As Hearts' search continues...

Ross in swift return to dug out as Hibs make their move

Leith-bound: Jack Ross (pic: SNS Group)

Hibernian have reached a quick conclusion in their search for a new manager with Jack Ross taking over at Easter Road.

The former St Mirren boss was available after his recent sacking from Sunderland and has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract.

Despite his exit from the Stadium of Light, the 43-year-old remains highly thought of in the game after leading Sunderland to the finals of the Football League Trophy and the English League One play-offs.

A former coach at Heart of Midlothian, Ross will relish the challenge of breathing new life into the Hibees, who parted company with Paul Heckingbottom after a disappointing opening to the season saw them languishing in the lower half of the Premiership.

It is understood Ross was one of the names being considered for the vacant managerial post at Tynecastle but he will be plying his trade on the other side of the capital with his first game in charge the visit of Motherwell on Saturday, 23 November as the action resumes after the international break.

“I think we all consider Hibernian to be one of the leading clubs in Scottish football – in terms of the history and passion of the supporters,” said Ross.

“We have some talented players, underpinned by a successful academy, and I’ll do everything I can to make sure we’re able to help every player fulfil his potential.”

Jambos owner Ann Budge, meanwhile, is continuing her search for Craig Levein’s replacement in the dug out, as well as a sporting director.

Although insisting she is in no rush to make a quick appointment to either post, the sooner a new manager is in place the better it will be for the struggling Gorgie side.

Former Motherwell and Rangers boss Stuart McCall is said to have impressed in his interview, while ex-Birmingham City manager Steve Cotterill has also had talks.

As ever in such circumstances, a host of names get linked to the club, with the likes of Stephen Robinson, Neil McCann, John Terry, Neil Warnock, Ian Holloway and Felix Magath all mentioned in relation to the vacancy.

Elsewhere in the Premiership, Ross’ former No. 2 at Sunderland and St Mirren, James Fowler, has been appointed as Kilmarnock’s head of football operations.

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