THE MANAGERS

 

From Hugh Shaw to Neil Lennon - know more about Hibernian's managers.

Here is a comprehensive collection of managers to have sat in the Hibee hotseat.

2016 - 2019
(123 games as manager)

In his debut season in the dugout at Hibernian, Neil guided Hibernian to the Ladbrokes Championship title and promotion back to the top flight of Scottish football, as well as the William Hill Scottish Cup Semi Final.

 

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A successful player for club and country, Neil began his managerial career with Celtic, where he won five major honours and many plaudits as he guided Celtic out of a tough UEFA Champions League group, including a stunning victory over Barcelona and a victory away to Spartak Moscow.

Neil Lennon joined Hibernian on a two-year deal in the summer of 2016, becoming the club's Head Coach having been out of the game since leaving Bolton Wanderers in March of 2016.

Lennon described that the potential at Easter Road was one of the biggest factors in his decision to move to Edinburgh, especially after witnessing the Scottish Cup parade, when over 150,000 Hibernian supporters flooded the streets of Edinburgh.

Following his appointment, Neil Lennon gave himself the target of Ladbrokes Premiership promotion in his debut season in charge.

His reign got off to a great start with strong performances in the UEFA Europa League Second Qualifying Round against Danish side Brondby IF. Despite losing the home leg 1-0, Hibernian secured a reverse of the scoreline in Denmark before cruelly losing out on penalties.

Under Lennon's management, Hibernian put in a string of consistent and hardy performances in the Ladbrokes Championship, taking maximum points at hard grounds to visit, such as the Falkirk Stadium, and picking up other vital wins on the road.

On Saturday 15th April 2017, promotion to the Ladbrokes Premiership was confirmed at Easter Road, ending a three year period in the Championship. A comprehensive 3-0 win over Queen of the South wrapped up the Ladbrokes Championship title. Hibernian eventually finished the season eleven points clear in the table, as preparations for a return to the top flight got underway.

Lennon also booked Hibernian a trip to Hampden Park with a place in the Scottish Cup Semi Final against Aberdeen. Despite a strong performance from the Leith side, Aberdeen edged the tie 2-1.

On Hibernian's return to the top flight of Scottish football, Lennon guided the club to a fourth-place finish with a club record points tally. This campaign included victories against Hearts, Rangers, Celtic and Aberdeen, with an impressive twelve-game unbeaten run between January and May 2018.

The fourth-place finish booked Hibernian a ticket into the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Europa League for the second time in two years.

In the first qualifying round, Hibs scored six goals in the both home and away legs to defeat Faroese side NSÍ Runavík with an aggregate score line of 12-5. The second qualifying round saw Hibs edge past Greek outfit Asteras Tripolis with a 4-3 aggregate score. The home tie included a dramatic stoppage time winner for the Leith side.

Hibs were knocked out of the Europa League in the third round of qualifying at the hands of Norwegian side Molde. Despite a strong home performance, Hibs could not make the breakthrough with the match finishing 0-0. The trip to Norway ended in a 3-0 defeat for the Leith side, which signified an end to their European campaign.

Season 2018/19 started well for the club and Lennon in the Ladbrokes Premiership, with Hibs sitting second in the table after eight matches.

On 30th January 2019, Neil Lennon and his assistant Garry Parker left the club by mutual consent. Lennon and Parker, who were thanked kindly by the club for their efforts, considered that it would be in the best interests of all parties to part amicably.

Lennon offered his thanks to the board, the coaching staff, the players and all the fans for "making the last two and a half years so enjoyable".

Lennon's period in charge saw the club restored to the top flight of Scottish football, reach the top four of the Ladbrokes Premiership with a record points total, qualify for European competition and make record sales of season tickets since 1958.

 


 

Full name Neil Francis Lennon
Date of birth 25th June 1971
Place of birth Lurgan, Northern Ireland

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