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Hibernian: Paul Heckingbottom appointed head coach

New Hibs boss Paul Heckingbottom (left) with Leeann Dempster and Robbie Stockdale

Former coach of Barnsley and Leeds United, Paul Heckingbottom, has been named the new head coach of Hibernian.

The 41-year-old Englishman has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal, backed by former Scottish international Robbie Stockdale.

He succeeds Neil Lennon, who left the Scottish Premiership Club last month.

"There is so much potential here, and the club has everything to offer, and I'll do my best to be successful," Heckingbottom said.

"I look forward to working with the players and staff on Thursday before strengthening preparations for Saturday's game against Hamilton."

Heckingbottom was released from Leeds in June, after only four months in office. He finished 13th in the English Championship.

He joined Barnsley to lead League One and the Football League Trophy.

The former defender with Darlington, Norwich City, Bradford City, Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley and Mansfield Town joined Barnsley's back room for a sports coaching diploma.

After initially coaching the club's development team, he had two stations as an interim coach before signing a permanent contract in 2016.

He agreed to a new deal in February 2018, but joined Leeds a few days later. His tenure at Elland Road lasted 16 games.

"Paul made a very positive impression on us at our first meeting with him," said Easter Road CEO, Leeann Dempster.

"His work at Barnsley speaks for itself, combining the dynamic, attacking football that our own fans value with the development of talented young players.

"With the structure already in place, Paul is the right person to take that support and take it to a new level."

Paul Heckingbottom was released after four months at Leeds United

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