Hibernian had a solid 2022/23 season under manager Lee Johnson, finishing 5th in the league and qualifying for UEFA Conference League football. The new season did not start as well, though. Hibs did reach the Conference League play-offs but lost 5-0 to Aston Villa at home, so their chances of advancing to the group stages are virtually zero. In the league, the Hibees started with three consecutive losses and currently sit bottom in the Scottish Premiership. So, just a few weeks into the new campaign, Johnson was relieved of his duties on August 27.
This caused a surge in the next Hibernian manager odds since the club needs to find a replacement quickly, with the team set to travel to Aston Villa for the play-off return leg on August 31.
Hibernian Next Manager Betting List
Neil Lennon has vast experience coaching in the Scottish Premiership and is currently out of work, so he expectedly tops the Hibernian next manager odds. Some of the managers on the list are currently under contract at other clubs.
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Neil Lennon is one of the most successful coaches in the modern history of the Scottish Premiership. The former Northern Ireland international had two stints at Celtic (2010-14, 2019-21) and also coached Hibernian between 2016 and 2019. He won nine trophies with Celtic, including five league titles. And his top achievement with Hibs is taking them back to the top division after winning the Scottish Championship in 2016/17 and qualifying for Europa League football the following year.
As mentioned above, the 52-year-old is currently available for hire as his spell at Omonia in Cyprus was cut short in October 2022, six months after his arrival. Despite qualifying for Europa League football, the side was struggling domestically, so the club officials cut ties with the manager. Tactical flexibility is Lennon’s forte, and combined with his experience, he has everything needed to turn things around at Easter Road. He reportedly rejected Olympiacos’ approach earlier this summer, saying he’s waiting for the right offer to return to coaching.
Steve Evans is currently employed at Stevenage in League One, however, he may be attracted by the prospect of coaching in Scotland’s top division. Despite starting his coaching career way back in 1994, Evans has never coached in Scotland, spending all of his time in England's lower divisions.
The height of his career was his run with Leeds United in Championship in 2015/16. The Whites were sitting one point off the relegation zone at the time of his arrival, and the Scottsman led them to a mid-table finish only to be dismissed at the end of the season.
As a coach, Evans is more on the pragmatic side, but it was this approach that led him to success at his previous clubs. While Evans may impress through his experience, his playing style would represent a steep turn from what the players got used to under previous coach Lee Johnson.
Steve Cotterill is another name on the Hibernian next manager odds list that is currently a free agent. The veteran English technician left Shrewsbury Town at the end of the 2022/23 season as his side finished 12th in League One. Similarly, Cotterill has never coached in the top division, spending the last decade working with various third and second tier clubs in England. That list includes the likes of Stoke City, Burnley, Birmingham City and others.
A seasoned coach, Cotterill tries to adapt to the squad he has and tweaks his tactics in order to get the most out of his squad. Hibernian may represent a step forward in the 59-year-old’s career as they are a top division team, and in case of a successful domestic season, Cotterill may get to manage European matches next term.
The only man here with a stronger link to the Hibees than Neil Lennon is Scott Brown as the former Scotland international started his career at Hibernian. Having graduated from Hibs’ academy in 2002, Brown stayed at Easter Park until 2007 when Celtic paid a league-record £4.4 million to sign the midfielder.
Brown retired from football in 2022 – after a short spell as player-coach at Aberdeen, working as an assistant – and started his independent coaching career, taking charge of Fleetwood Town in League One where he is employed to this day.
Now, the 35-year-old is in the running to become the next Hibernian manager. Despite a solid 13th-place finish last with the Fishermen last term and leading them to a historic FA Cup fifth round, he may be inclined to return to his childhood club. However, rumours have it that Scott Brown is not among the priority hires for Hibs.
Stephen Robinson’s appearance among the contenders for the Hibernian job opening should not be a surprise. The English manager arrived at a struggling St Mirren in February and led them to a 6th-place finish after a good run of form in the final weeks. Robinson also worked at Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership between 2017 and 2020 where he reached the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup finals in 2017/18 only to be defeated by Celtic on both occasions.
The 48-year-old’s knowledge of Scottish football and his adaptability make him a strong candidate for the job. However, it remains to be seen whether Robinson is willing to leave St Mirren at this point in time, as his team currently sits second in the league following two wins and a draw.