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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 October 2007, 12:05 GMT 13:05 UK
Collins' manager of month award
John Collins
Collins has steered Hibs to second spot in the SPL
Hibernian manager John Collins has been named Clydesdale Bank manager of the month for September.

Collins has guided the Edinburgh club to an unbeaten start to their league campaign and the team currently sit second in the SPL.

Hibs took 10 from a possible 12 points last month, including a home win against defending champions Celtic.

"We have had some fantastic results since the season started and long may it continue, Collins told BBC Sport.

The excellent league run continued with a 1-0 win at Ibrox last Saturday.

And Collins said he was delighted to accept the award on behalf of the entire coaching staff at Easter Road.

"Everyone has worked tirelessly from the first day of pre-season," added Collins.

"It's down to hard work, first and foremost.

"The players are trying to do the right things, passing the ball from the first minute to the last, and they are getting their rewards."

Collins had to make wholesale changes to his squad over the summer, with several players moving on, including Scott Brown, Steven Whittaker, Ivan Sproule and Chris Killen.

"We brought in eight players, which is probably too many, but we had a lot of offers we couldn't refuse and players out of contract.

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"It's always a worry that new players won't settle into their new environment.

"But we have a lot of good players from last season, a lot of youngsters coming through, who are hungry to do well, and new players with a lot to prove."

Collins won the CIS Insurance Cup last season, less than five months into his first management job.

And the manager would love to see his side do well enough to qualify for Europe next season.

"Europe has to be an objective," he continued. "It's been great to see Aberdeen, Rangers and Celtic all doing well.

"And we'd love to be on the big stage as well. European nights are special."



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