Easter Road turmoil

Hibs axe manager Ross ahead of League Cup Final

Jack Ross

Exit: Jack Ross (pic: SNS Group)

Hibs have sacked manager Jack Ross just over a week before the Scottish League Cup Final.

The 45-year-old has paid the price for a poor run of form in the league which has left the Easter Road sitting in seventh place with just one win from nine games.

The final straw for owner Ron Gordon was last night’s defeat to Livingston, with assistant boss John Potter also leaving the club with immediate effect.

The club confirmed that first-team coach David Gray has been appointed caretaker manager “for the foreseeable future”, with assistance from Eddie May and Craig Samson.

Chief executive Ben Kensell commented: “Following the prolonged run of poor results in the league, the club has taken the tough decision to relieve Jack Ross of his duties.

“We thank Jack and John for all their hard work and dedication to the role, the club has moved forward under their leadership, and we will fondly remember some incredible highs like reaching two cup finals and finishing third in the league last season.

“We wish them all the best in their future endeavours. The club will now look to appoint a new manager to take the club and this talented young squad forward and a further update will be provided in due course.”

The Hibees face St Mirren in Paisley this weekend and Dundee at home next Tuesday before taking on Celtic at Hampden Park on Sunday, 19 December.

Ross, the former Alloa, St Mirren and Sunderland boss, took over at Hibs in November 2019, leading them to a seventh-place finish in his first season in charge before finishing third last term.

A promising opening to this campaign soon faded, and despite a 3-1 win over Rangers in the League Cup semi setting up a chance of silverware in the season’s first final later this month, the club has decided it is time for change.

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