Hibs have confirmed the departure of manager Paul Heckingbottom and his assistant Robbie Stockdale following a 5-2 League Cup semi-final defeat to Celtic.

It all started so well for the Englishman in Leith, who went unbeaten in his first 10 league games as Hibee boss, guiding the club from eighth to fifth during the 2018/19 season.

Instant impact. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

This season though it hasn’t been as fruitful. Hibs have taken nine points from a possible 33, leaving them cut adrift in the Premiership’s bottom six. In total, his reign lasted 32 games.

After the split last season, Hibs didn’t win a single game, and they haven’t quite recovered since. After overseeing a number of key departures in the summer, the players who have come in haven’t all got firing yet.

Many of them have struggled for form early on and now it looks to have been a big factor in Heckingbottom losing his job. Heckingbottom’s last league win came way back on opening day during a 1-0 win over St Mirren.

Heckingbottom has had his Hibs departure confirmed. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Since then, they have been beaten off Hearts at home, dropped points from winning positions six times, shipped five and six goals against Celtic and Rangers, plus they’ve dropped points against Hamilton, Livingston, Ross County and St Johnstone.

It’s a big step by the Hibees board as they to rejuvenate the club’s season.

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