Former Oxford United manager Michael Appleton has suggested a lack of ambition was the reason he didn’t take reins at Hibs – after being on the brink of replacing Neil Lennon.
Hibs then turned to Paul Heckingbottom and Appleton has spoken about the reason for the breakdown in talks with Sky Sports.
Appleton didn’t go into much detail but did say he’d look for a club with the “same ambitions” as he does.
“I think if I answer that honestly and truthfully, I would probably come across as being arrogant and disrespectful, which is a million miles away from the truth,” he told Sky Sports.
“I think from my point of view, I will continue to look for the right thing for me, whether that is to go in somewhere as an assistant manager or a manager.
“(I will) look for that club that shares the same ambitions that I have got myself.”
Appleton’s comments leave more questions than answers and leaves Leeann Dempster in an awkward position.
Unless Appleton has had ambitions to win the title in the next few years then Dempster should maybe speak out.
There’s no reason a club the size of Hibs shouldn’t at least be challenging for trophies on a regular basis.
With the right squad – and a healthy bit of luck – they might even be able to push Celtic sometimes.
Aiming for anything else is just short-changing the fans.