Hibernian have faced a new blow in their search for a new manager after talks with Michael Appleton reportedly broke down.

According to BT Sport’s Darrell Currie, the former Portsmouth and Oxford manager is now “unlikely” to replace Neil Lennon at Easter Road.

Caretaker manager Eddie May had confirmed that the Hibees were set to appoint a new boss this week after seemingly taking charge of his last game over the weekend.

It now looks as though May could remain in the dugout for the foreseeable future as the Cabbage continue to hunt for a new boss.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 31: Manager Claude Puel of Leicester City with Assistant Manager Michael Appleton during the Premier League match between Everton and Leicester City at Goodison Park, on January 31, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom Hibernian

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Hibs currently sit eighth in the Scottish Premiership table and need to turn things around quickly to reach the top six.

They host Hamilton this weekend and will have originally hoped to have a new manager in place by the time they faced the Accies.

SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 21: Leicester caretaker Manager Michael Appleton reacts during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Leicester City at Liberty Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Swansea, Wales. Hibernian

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After Lennon’s acrimonious departure, youth boss May stepped into the dugout and has secured the Leith side a Scottish Cup quarter-final clash with Celtic next month.

Appleton most recently served as assistant to Claude Puel at Leicester City but left the King Power Stadium at the end of last season.

It’ll be interesting to see who Hibs now turn to – and how long it takes to get them.

With a vital run of games coming up, they can’t afford to waste time.

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