Maloney: ‘I want to bring Martinez style to Hibs’
Boss: Shaun Maloney (pic: Alan Rennie)
Shaun Maloney has been confirmed as manager of Hibs and said he wants to apply some of the tactics he has learned during his time as assistant to Belgian national team coach Roberto Martinez.
Maloney has signed on at Easter Road on a three-and-a-half-year deal. The role will be the 38-year-old’s first as a manager.
Maloney will be supported by a management team of Gary Caldwell (assistant), Valerio Zuddas (first team coach and conditioning) and Brian Doogan (head of technical support), and alongside David Gray (first team coach) and Craig Samson (goalkeeping coach).
He replaces Jack Ross, who was sacked earlier this month.
“We have to inspire the players to play a certain way and hopefully build a connection between myself, the players and the fans,” Maloney said.
“I always felt there was a different way of playing when I was a player myself. In my late twenties, when we played against top teams and other nations I began to get exposed to different styles of play.
“Roberto Martinez was a big influence on me at that stage in my career and more recently in the last few years with Belgium. That influence has given me a deep desire to create a different style in Scotland.”
Hibs chief executive Ben Kensell, who saw his team lose yesterday’s Scottish League Cup Final to Celtic, said: “We wanted to acquire a manager who has an attacking mentality, who’s progressive, and someone who is hungry for the opportunity to build something here at this big club.