Hibernian have confirmed the appointment of Paul Heckingbottom as their new manager. They also revealed that former Scotland international Robbie Stockdale will be his assistant.

The Easter Road club made the announcement on their official Twitter account.

The duo’s first game in charge will be against Hamilton at Easter Road on Saturday. Heckingbottom’s contract runs for three-and-a-half years. Perhaps a declaration that the Hibs board expect him to be around for a few years.

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Heckingbottom also disclosed the type of football he wants to play to the Hibernian Twitter account.

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That does sound promising for the Easter Road faithful. Neil Lennon’s side lacked aggression at times, particularly at Tynecastle against Hearts.

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If Hibs change their approach to derbies, Heckingbottom would immediately win the fans over.

The new manager won’t be long at the club before he faces his first big test.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – APRIL 13: Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on April 13, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

Hibernian are set to face Celtic in the Scottish Cup at Easter Road at the beginning of March. A win in that fixture would be a feather in the cap for Heckingbottom.

Heckingbottom will also face matches against Rangers and Hearts before the league splits in two.

If Hibs are to reach the top six, they will really need to get maximum points from those fixtures. As so often has been the case in recent years, these are interesting times at Easter Road

 

 

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