Sunderland striker Marc McNulty has backed his former club Hibs for success this season, if Paul Heckingbottom is in charge.
McNulty was great for the Hibees during a loan spell last season. He arrived before Heckingbottom was made manager, but it was under him where the forward really hit top form.
Now the Black Cats striker has backed his former employers for success with his old boss at the wheel.
He told the BBC: “I can’t speak highly enough of the manager. Him and the assistant probably were two of the best coaches I’ve worked with.
“They both like to be hands on, they are good one-on-one and I’m grateful they gave me the opportunity to play every week.
“I think Hibs will do really well this season and I’ll be surprised if they manage to keep hold of him.”
McNulty may be fond of Heckingbottom, but the Hibs boss has improvements to make
McNulty’s got plenty of thanks to give to Heckingbottom. Because of his work at Hibs, McNulty has secured a move to Sunderland, who are a big club, despite currently finding themselves in League One.
After a poor start to life at Reading he needed a boost and Heckingbottom gave him that. McNulty clearly has a lot of time for Heckingbottom, but his former boss has to make improvements.
He recently watched his side get thrashed 6-1 at the hands of Rangers. Steven Gerrard’s side are better quality wise than the Hibees, but that isn’t an excuse for their Govan drubbing.
His side were far too calm, with no real urgency about them. That was shown to some extent in their first home match against St Mirren. Despite needing a goal to win, his side weren’t rushing forward.
Against Rangers though they struggled massively in all areas of the park. The new signings in particular, with the exception of Scott Allan, looked overawed by the occasion.
Heckingbottom needs to make improvements to his Hibs side. The next few weeks will be massive for him, as any stumbles will lead to him being put under serious pressure.