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Next Hibernian Manager Odds: Celtic assistant boss incoming?


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There have been significant shifts in the next Hibernian manager betting odds as the race to replace Nick Montgomery at Easter Road intensifies.

Montgomery, who replaced Lee Johnson in September after leading Central Coast Mariners to the A-League championship in 2023, was recently sacked after a disappointing season.

Hibs are now looking for their sixth permanent manager in just over four years, following a tumultuous period for the Leith side, and the top bookmakers have seen plenty of betting action on who will take up the role.

In a move to restructure, the Easter Road club has appointed Malky Mackay as Sporting Director. One of his key responsibilities is selecting the new head coach.

Former club captain David Gray, serving as caretaker manager, has led the team to wins and draws in their final two Scottish Premiership games, boosting his position at the top of the bookies list of potential managers.

However, in a fluid betting market, former player Ian Murray has attracted plenty of cash, while John Kennedy, the current Celtic assistant manager, has also seen his odds trimmed this week.

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Next Hibernian Manager Betting Odds

With six managers at Easter Road in just over four years, the top job at Hibs is often seen as a role to avoid, despite the club being well-run under the Gordon family’s ownership.

Recent investment from the Black Knight Football Club, the owners of Premier League side Bournemouth, ensures that the new manager will have funds available.

As the regular season concludes, let’s look at the latest betting odds to be the next Hibs manager.

  • David Gray - 8/11
  • Ian Murray - 6/4
  • John Kennedy - 8/1
  • Albert Capellas - 10/1
  • Jaap Stam - 10/1

Odds correct at time of writing with McBookie (May 29, 4:00pm)


Leading Candidates to be the Next Hibs Manager

Let’s look at some names at the top of the Hibernian manager betting odds list.

David Gray

Gray cemented his place in Easter Road history by scoring the stoppage-time winner against Rangers in the 2016 Scottish Cup final, making him a hero among Hibs supporters.

Since retiring from playing in June 2021, he has served as a first-team coach and stepped in as caretaker manager following the departures of Jack Ross, Shaun Maloney, Lee Johnson, and now Nick Montgomery.

After guiding the team to a win and a draw in their final two games of the season, Gray has emerged as a solid favourite to be appointed as the permanent manager.

Ian Murray

Ian Murray is no stranger to Easter Road, having played over 250 games for Hibs, and the current Raith Rovers coach is one of the country’s most highly respected young managers.

He led Raith Rovers to the Scottish Premiership Playoff final against Ross County, where they lost 6-1 on aggregate. The question is whether Murray, who recently signed a new contract with the Kirkcaldy side, stay loyal to the Starks Park side or be tempted by the step up to a top-tier club.

John Kennedy

Kennedy’s name is typically present when the top job at Easter Road becomes available, and the Celtic assistant manager has been a vital cog in the Glasgow side’s domestic dominance in recent seasons.

Having had to retire early due to injury, Kennedy has served as a scout, first-team coach and assistant manager to four Celtic bosses - Neil Lennon, Ronny Deila, Brendan Rodgers, and Ange Postecoglou - picking up a wealth of knowledge.

With one eye on the number one position at Celtic Park at some stage in his managerial career, Kennedy may now feel that the time is right to fly the nest and tackle his first head coach role.

Albert Capellas

Capellas was most recently the manager of Danish side FC Midtjylland, dismissed from the role in March with his side languishing in 9th place in the Danish Superliga.

However, the Spaniard has a strong track record of working with young players and developing them to their full potential, coaching the Barcelona B side for several years and the Danish Under-21 side.

Jaap Stam

After a distinguished playing career, Stam has found life in the dugout slightly more difficult, only lasting a short period in his most recent jobs with PEC Zwolle, Feyenoord, and FC Cincinnati.

Currently in charge of his youth club, DOS Kampen, Stam would be a high-profile name, but it’s hard to see many of the Easter Road fans welcoming him with open arms given his current poor coaching record.


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