John Hughes leaves Hibernian FC

by Jessica Swift

Ex Hibernian Manager John Hughes. Credit: J. Morrison

A humiliating 2-0 loss against St Johnstone this weekend led to Hibernian FC suffering it’s seventh consecutive defeat.  The club, who have not won a home game at Easter Road since March 2010 felt another blow this morning when it was announced that their manager, John Hughes – known affectionately by fans as ‘Yogi’, was to leave by ‘mutual consent’.

This decision seems to have received split opinions by the clubs most avid fans.  Lee McLennan, who runs both the Edinburgh and Livingston Hibs supporter branches thought Hughes’ departure was followed by a ‘sense of relief’ from the fans as his decision to leave was what was ‘best for the club, and hopefully the board will make a good decision by choosing a more experienced manager’ as Hughes’ successor. Bryan Maughan however, who has supported the team for 50 years, is of the opinion that Hughes’decision to leave  was ‘disappointing’ as he ‘hoped that Hughes would have held on until Christmas’.

The vacant managerial position left by Hughes is a hot topic of discussion amongst fans and many are making guesses as to who will fill Yogi’s boots.  Contenders for the role include Jimmy Calderwood of Kilmarnock FC, Michael O’Neill and Derek McInnes of St Johnstone but fans think that the club’s financial situation will play a huge role in who will be appointed, and fear that the club will compromise managerial experience due to expense.