CELTIC legends Scott Brown and Neil Lennon have been linked with the Hibs manager’s job after Lee Johnson’s sacking today.
The Easter Road club are on the look-out for a new boss after the 3-2 loss at home to Livingston which followed on the 5-0 home Europa League Conference first-leg drubbing from Aston Villa.
Former Easter Road skipper Brown, 38, now boss at Fleetwood Town after 14 years and 22 honours at Parkhead following his £4.4million move in May 2007, could be in the frame after an impressive first term at the English third-tier outfit.
Lennon, 52, who has been out of work since being fired by Cypriot outfit Omonia Nicosia in October last year, was in charge of the Leith outfit from 2016 to 19.
He left the club after a behind-the-scenes fall-out in January and took over as caretaker gaffer of the Hoops the following month following Brendan Rodgers’ exit for Leicester City.
The role was made permanent after the Northern Irishman sealed the treble treble in May 2019 when two goals from Odsonne Edouard gave the Parkhead men beat Hearts 2-1 in the Scottish Cup Final.
Rodgers’ No.2 John Kennedy, who has been linked with the Edinburgh side in the past, will probably rate another mention, but all indications are that he is perfectly happy in his present role.
Other names such as St Mirren’s Stephen Robinson, Kilmarnock’s Derek McInnes, ex-St Johnstone boss Callum Davidson and former Motherwell chief Graham Alexander will be flagged up as the Easter Road hierarchy attempt to find a new gaffer as soon as possible.
A statement from the Edinburgh club stated: “Hibernian FC can confirm that that Lee Johnson has departed the Club as First Team Manager.
“Jamie McAllister and Adam Owen have also left with immediate effect.”
Chief Executive Ben Kensell added: “The Club has taken the tough decision to relieve Lee Johnson of his duties following a disappointing start to the domestic campaign.
“We wish Lee and his coaching staff all the best for the future and thank them for their efforts.”
David Gray will take charge in an interim basis and will have have Stuart Garden as assistant.
Their next game is the return leg of their Euro tie against Villa in the Midlands on Thursday before travelling to face Aberdeen in the Premiership on Sunday.