L-R: Paul Heckingbottom, Leeann Dempster and Robbie Stockdale

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

Former Barnsley and Leeds United supervisor Paul Heckingbottom has been appointed Hibernian’s new head coach.

The 41-year-old Englishman has agreed a three-and-a-half-year contract and will probably be assisted by former Scotland worldwide Robbie Stockdale.

He succeeds Neil Lennon, who left the Scottish Premiership club final month.

“There’s a lot potential right here and the membership has all the things going for it; I’ll give all the things I’ve to be successful,” mentioned Heckingbottom.

“I am wanting ahead to attending to work and assembly the gamers and workers on Thursday, earlier than stepping up preparations for Saturday’s recreation in opposition to Hamilton.”

Heckingbottom was sacked by Leeds in June after solely 4 months in cost, having completed 13th within the English Championship.

He had joined from Barnsley, who he led to promotion from League One and the Soccer League Trophy.

The previous defender with Darlington, Norwich Metropolis, Bradford Metropolis, Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley and Mansfield City, joined Barnsley’s backroom workers after finishing a level in sports activities teaching.

After initially teaching the membership’s improvement squad, he had two stints as caretaker supervisor earlier than signing a everlasting contract in 2016.

He agreed a brand new deal in February 2018 however joined Leeds just some days later. His tenure at Elland Highway lasted for 16 video games.

“Paul made a extremely optimistic impression on us from our first assembly with him,” mentioned Easter Highway chief govt Leeann Dempster.

“His work at Barnsley speaks for itself, the place he was in a position to mix the form of dynamic, attacking soccer our personal followers respect with the event of some gifted younger gamers.

“With the construction we have already got in place, Paul is the proper individual to embrace that assist and take it to a brand new degree.”

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