Four managers who could succeed Paul Heckingbottom at Hibernian

Graham Ruthven by Graham Ruthven / 05 November 2019, 10:40

It’s been a bad few days for the health of football managers in Edinburgh.

First, Craig Levein was sacked as Hearts boss late last week.

Now, Hibernian have followed the example of their rivals, dismissing Paul Heckingbottom on Monday after a dreadful run of form.

Both Edinburgh clubs now find themselves at the wrong end of the Scottish Premiership table and manager-less.

Here are four potential candidates in the next Hibernian manager market...

Nigel Adkins

Despite the failure of Heckingbottom, Hibernian could look down south once again to find their next manager.

If that proves to be the case, Nigel Adkins will surely be one of the names mentioned, with the 54-year-old out of work since leaving Hull City at the end of last season.

The 25/1 shot deserves a place on any shortlist.

Adkins’ career-defining success came in leading Southampton to the Premier League, but he also did a decent job at Hull City, only leaving the English Championship club because of what he saw to be a lack of ambition.

The former physio is a modern thinker and a popular figure in the dressing room. He could be what Hibs need to lift them and turn around their season.

Stephen Robinson

Motherwell currently sit in third place in the Scottish Premiership table with Stephen Robinson taking plenty plaudits for the job he has done at Fir Park in recent years.

Indeed, the Northern Irishman has built a team capable of challenging anyone on one of the smallest budgets in the whole league.

Robinson’s detractors would argue that he favours a crude style of football that wouldn’t go down well with the fans at Easter Road, but he also boasts a track record in bringing through and harnessing young players.

Robinson is something of a pragmatist. He might be exactly what Hibs need at this point in time.

Jack Ross

Just like Robinson, Jack Ross has also been linked with the vacancy across the city at Tynecastle.

The 43-year-old was not so long ago seen as Scottish football’s best young manager and there are some who still believe the former St Mirren boss will still make it at the top level despite his struggles at Sunderland.

READ: What next for Jack Ross?

Ross built an attacking, entertaining team during his time at St Mirren, taking the Paisley club from the brink of relegation to promotion in just two seasons.

Ross will almost certainly be on the shortlist to take over at Easter Road, but Hibs could face competition from Hearts who are surely considering the 43-year-old as well.

For those saying Jack Ross failed at Sunderland, so did Chris Coleman, a man who got Wales to the semi final of the Euros, basket case of a club, did class at 3 clubs in Scotland, he’s the man — Ollie J (@Gungadin1875) November 4, 2019

Gordon Strachan

When Gordon Strachan left as Scotland manager two years ago most assumed that he would effectively enter retirement, perhaps only accepting the odd punditry gig here and there.

This was before Strachan was appointed Dundee’s new technical director in the summer, though.

The 62-year-old seemingly isn’t ready to say goodbye to football.

Strachan was reportedly considered for the Hibernian job back when Heckingbottom was appointed in the first place earlier this year and so it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that the Leith club could return for the former Celtic, Middlesbrough and Southampton manager.

Strachan would surely get more out of Hibs’ squad than Heckingbottom did.

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