Hibs are set to appoint former Blackburn Roves manager Steve Kean as their new Academy head, according to a report, after the departure of sporting director Graeme Mathie last month.

The Scottish Sun report that Kean has been handpicked to lead the Easter Road side’s new-look Academy set-up after a host of changes were implemented following a round of cost-cutting at the club.

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Chief executive Ben Kensell confirmed an appointment was imminent when he spoke with the Official Hibs.net Podcast, calling the hire a “crediblle, experienced” candidate – without naming any names, saying: “There will be some changes and an announcement next week on that structural piece.

“I’m working with Jack Ross and we speak quite consistently and frequently.

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“What we want is a structure that allows us to have real accountability for the areas that we feel are massively important moving forward.

“We believe we have got good players who can come through and what we want is a system and structure that allows that to happen.

“We’ll make an appointment there. It’s a senior, credible, experienced candidate who can improve us in every area in that part of the club.”

Before taking the reins at Ewood Park, Kean had stints coaching the likes of Fulham, Real Sociedad, Coventry and Blackburn, with his most recent role coming in Australia.

Kean was part of the coaching staff at Melbourne Victory, taking over as caretaker earlier this year when former Hibs star Grant Brebner was sacked, eventually leaving the Australians after Tony Popovic was confirmed as manager in the summer.

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