Hibs fans believe new manager, Jack Ross, could be the man to lead the capital side to a brighter future.
Ross replaces Paul Heckingbottom, who was sacked by the club earlier this month with the Leith club struggling at the foot of the Scottish Premiership.
The new manager has extensive knowledge of the Scottish game, as a manager with Alloa Athletic and St Mirren, and also as a player with clubs including Dunfermline and Falkirk.
His most recent managerial stint ended in disappointment, however, as he failed to gain a promotion for Sunderland from League 1 in England.
According to sports journalist and Hibs fan Rob Robertson of the Daily Mail, this may prove to be an advantage to the new man at Easter Road.
“He said he didn’t see his sacking coming so he obviously thought he was doing a good job. I think he knows that he can never take his foot off the gas. The experience will have hardened him and that is vital in Scottish football,” Robertson said.
While Hibs have secured their new manager, the search goes on at Hearts for a successor to Craig Levein. Ross himself was touted for the Tynecastle job, having coached the Under-20’s there in 2014.
Robertson believes the fact that he has chosen to favour the east end of the city will endear him to the Easter Road faithful.
“The fact that there’s talk that Hearts might have spoken to him just adds to the joy I feel as a Hibs fan. He’s got a good public persona, he’s the kind of guy that can make a difference.”
One Hibs season ticket holder, Ronnie Pont, feels that the appointment of Ross is long overdue. He said:
“I remember before when he was in Scotland I thought he would be the ideal manager for Hibs. I thought he’d be a success at Sunderland. It didn’t go as planned for him but he’s probably learnt a lot.”
There are six weeks until the Scottish January transfer window opens, but Pont believes that the current Hibs crop of players is more than good enough to climb the table.
“I remember when he went to St Mirren, they were struggling at the foot of the table and he got an instant reaction from them. The next season he took them straight up, so I think he’s a good man manager.”
The new manager’s ability to work with what many Hibs fans see as an underachieving group of players is vital to fan Dave Marr.
“A lot of Hibs fans were disappointed with the way the team was performing under Heckingbottom. Hopefully Jack Ross will be able to get more out of the same players,” Marr said.
Hibs’ first match with Ross as their manager will be at home, to Motherwell on Saturday.