Hibernian: Malaise mounts pressure on boss Nick Montgomery

Montgomery cited the numerous occasions in which his side have led only to drop points through late concessions.

The most damaging was Motherwell’s late equaliser at Fir Park that consigned Hibs to the Scottish Premiership’s bottom six.

Hibs subsequently put out a statement insisting results and performances must improve. With two defeats out of three since, that statement has only gained notoriety.

However, while the pressure mounts on the Leeds-born former Sheffield United stalwart – appointed from Australia’s Central Coast Mariners in September after Lee Johnson was sacked – is continually replacing the manager the answer for Hibs?

Since Neil Lennon’s near three-year spell in charge ended in early 2019, Hibs have had five permanent bosses.

Paul Heckingbottom, with 32 games in charge, and Shaun Maloney, with 19, had particularly short spells. Jack Ross’ win percentage of 49% and reaching two cup finals was not enough to save him, while Johnson left months after taking the side into Europe.

“I’m still 50-50,” former Hibs player and manager John Hughes said on BBC Radio Scotland’s Sportsound. “The jury’s still out on Nick.

“I’m still wanting to give him the chance, because Hibs, over the last four, five years, keep going through manager after manager after manager and it cannot be the manager.

“He’s working with other guys’ players. You have to give him the chance. I don’t know if he’ll get that chance and I don’t know if he’ll get the opportunity to build his own team.”

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