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Posts Tagged ‘ Tony Mowbray ’

Who Will Replace Pat Fenlon At Easter Road?

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Following Pat Fenlon’s resignation, Irish News Review casts an eye at those in line to replace the exiled Dubliner.

A poll on the Hibs-Net Fan’s Forum has Inverness boss Terry Butcher as the preferred choice, and media reports this morning suggest that the former England captain heads Rod Petrie’s list, and that an offer could be imminent.

Butcher has guided Inverness Caledonian Thistle to their highest ever league finish and but for Billy McKay missing an open goal in the semi-final of the League Cup against Hearts, he could easily have brought silverware to the Highlands. Continue reading

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Pat Fenlon Resigns From Hibs

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Pat Fenlon has resigned from his post as manager of Hibs.

Immediately after the defeat to Hearts, a group of around 150 fans protested outside the West Stand demanding the manager be sacked as well as abusing certain players as they were leaving the ground. Continue reading

Stevenson Stands Out Amidst Season Of Doom and Gloom

The one bright spot in a season to forget for the Easter Road faithful has been the form of midfielder Lewis Stevenson who was awarded the fan’s player of the year award at a ceremony on Sunday night.

Stevenson’s debut came under Tony Mowbray, seven years ago following his surprise inclusion in the pre-season tour of Ireland, and his performances impressed Mowbray’s successor John Collins who had no hesitation throwing him into the pressure cooker of a cup final against Kilmarnock. Collins was justified in his decision when the 19 year old won the man of the match award in the 5-1 victory.

Since then however, constant changes in the manager’s seat resulted in him become a fringe player, but the arrival of Pat Fenlon has seen him gain a regular place in the starting line-up, and his form and work ethic have won over the disgruntled supporters.

Stevenson was honest enough to admit that it must have been a difficult decision for the fans given the standard of performance this year. He told Hibs TV: “I was pretty surprised. I don’t think anyone is expecting to get awards especially this season. It’s obviously nice to be recognised especially by the fans who mean the most to the club.

“If you get an award from the fans then you must be doing something right, but it must have been a hard decision for them to choose anyone this year because of how we’ve been doing.

“I know, though, they won’t take it the wrong way when I say I’d have swapped the award for three points against Dundee United. It doesn’t take me to tell them it’s been a tough season, one which has been bitterly disappointing for us all. It’s certainly been up and down, only a couple of weeks ago things seemed to be going right at last, we’d got a few decent results and won a place in the semi-finals of the Cup.

“Nevertheless I’m delighted to get it. Honestly we can still be remembered for something positive this season because we’ve still got some games to go to finish on a high.

“People keep asking me what’s gone wrong but I think if we could put our finger on it then it would have been sorted by now. I know it’s been said time and again we have good enough a squad, but it’s not happening on a Saturday for us.”

Unfortunately Stevenson will miss the forthcoming Scottish Cup semi-final after picking up a second yellow card in the quarter final against Ayr United. He said: “I was gutted. I didn’t think it was a yellow card against Ayr and my previous booking against Cowdenbeath was ages ago and I can’t even remember what it was for.

“It’s just one of those things. People have missed champion’s league finals before. Hopefully we can do it on the day. It will be a massive occasion and I’ll be up in the stand with the other Hibs fans. Hopefully we can get a result.”

His performances under Fenlon have not gone unnoticed; however he was the most surprised person in the ground when he was made captain in the absence of James McPake for the game against Dundee United.

He revealed: “I didn’t know anything about it until Tam McCourt, our kit man, put the armband on my peg.

“I thought he was having a laugh because the only time I’d ever been captain of a team at any level was a few years ago in a pre-season game against Raith Rovers and that was only because I was from Kirkcaldy.

“It was another honour for me but, again, I’d happily have seen someone else lead us out if it had led to three points.”

Controversial on-loan striker Leigh Griffiths was named the fans’ Young Player of the Year after scoring nine goals in the campaign, and the season’s most memorable moment went to teen forward Ross Caldwell for his double against Hearts in an SFA Youth Cup victory.

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