David Gray appointed Hibernian head coach on three-year deal | football news

Scottish Cup-winning Hibernian captain David Gray has been appointed as the club’s new manager on a three-year contract.

The 36-year-old was in his fourth spell as temporary boss after replacing Nick Montgomery, who was sacked last month, and led the club to a 3-0 win over Motherwell before a 1-1 draw against Livingston.

Gray, who retired from playing three years ago to focus on coaching, became a club legend when he scored the winning goal against Rangers in 2016 to end their 114-year wait to lift the Scottish Cup.

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Gray led Hibernian to a famous victory over Rangers in the 2016 Scottish Cup final.

He first took on the interim role after Jack Ross was sacked in 2021 and again when his replacement, Shaun Maloney, was sacked four months later.

Gray, who then stepped up again following the sacking of Lee Johnson, will work with the Easter Road club’s new sporting director Malky Mackay, who led the search for Hibs’ sixth permanent boss since November 2019.

“It is a real privilege for me to become the head coach of this great football club,” Gray said.

“Everyone knows how much Hibs means to me. They are a huge club with a phenomenal fan base, which I know very well, so to have this opportunity is a real honour.

“Having been here as a player and coach for over 10 years, I know what a successful Hibs team looks like and I am determined to succeed and take our club forward.”

Malky MacKay (right) is Hibernian's new sporting director
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Malky MacKay (right) is Hibernian’s new sporting director

Since taking over at Hibernian, the Gordon family has seen off Paul Heckingbottom, Ross, Maloney, Johnson and Montgomery in less than five years.

On the appointment of David Gray, Mackay said: “Following a robust recruitment process, David emerged as our preferred candidate and we are delighted to have him on board.

“Having watched their progression closely over a number of years, David is ready to step up and become the head coach of Hibernian FC.

“David understands the pressures and demands that come with a club like Hibs, he knows Scottish football inside out, he is an excellent coach and a strong coach.

“He already has good relationships with the current playing team and staff members at both HTC and Easter Road, providing an element of stability, and we know he is the right man for the job.”

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