2009 - 2010
(54 games as manager)
Following his success as manager of Falkirk, John was appointed manager of Hibs in the 2009 close season taking over from Mixu Paatelainen.
His first game in charge was on the opening day of the 2009/10 season against St Mirren at Easter Road and in front of a 12,000 strong support. Steven Thomson was sent off after 15 minutes for a challenge on Patrick Cregg but the visitors recovered to take the lead through a goal from Stephen McGinn. Hibs equalised quickly as new signing David Wotherspoon found the net only a minute later.
Despite their advantage in numbers, Hibs struggled to convert their attempts on goal so John sent on Benjelloun and Danny Galbraith for Kevin McCann and Paul Hanlon. Pressure and the substitution paid off as a short corner routine allowed Galbraith to pick out the unmarked Benjelloun, who made no mistake with the header and gave John his first win as Hibs manager.
He led the club to Europa League qualification that season, as they finished in fourth place in the SPL. A run of poor results at the start of the following season led the Hibernian fans to jeer him and he left the position following a 2–0 defeat against St Johnstone.
John was manager of Hibs for 54 games, winning 19, drawing 12 and losing 23.