Hibs boss Paul Heckingbottom is currently under huge pressure. The Easter Road side lost 2-1 to city rivals Hearts on Sunday, and find themselves in 11th place in the league table.
Heckingbottom faces two huge games this week, which could decide his future at Easter Road. On Wednesday night they travel to Kilmarnock in the Betfred Cup. Then league leaders Celtic have a trip to Edinburgh on Saturday.
Former Hibs boss Alan Stubbs has had his say on Heckingbottom’s situation. He feels that Hibs may need to ‘win ugly’ to get some confidence back into the team.
“Paul is like any manager who is going through a tough period, he needs to try and win ugly” Stubbs said, as reported by the Scottish Sun.
“It just takes a victory”
Stubbs also feels that just one win could act as a ‘catalyst’ for the current Hibs side.
“Sometimes it just takes a victory in a bad performance to be the catalyst for the team to kick on. Hibs have got too many good players to be where they are. It just doesn’t seem to be happening for them at the minute” he concluded.
Hibs will need to perform far better than they did against Hearts if they want positive results from the next two fixtures.
Didn’t respond well to Hearts equaliser
As soon as Hearts equalised in the derby, there was only going to be one winner. Hibs retreated and it was no shock to see the Tynecastle side leave with the three points.
Even an extra time and penalties win for Hibs over Kilmarnock would ease some of the pressure on Heckingbottom. That would certainly be the kind of ‘ugly’ win that Stubbs is talking about. As for the players, they haven’t really shown so far this season that they are as good as Stubbs has claimed that they are. The next two games would be a good time for them to kickstart the season, and perhaps save the manager’s job.