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Last Updated: Saturday, 17 April, 2004, 13:59 GMT 14:59 UK
Hibs interest Robertson
Caley Thistle boss John Robertson
John Robertson is a legend with Hibs' rivals, Hearts
Inverness Caledonian Thistle boss John Robertson has hinted that he would be interested in managing Hibernian should Bobby Williamson leave for Plymouth.

Williamson is expected to be named Argyle boss on Monday and Robertson has emerged as favourite to replace him.

And the former Hearts player told BBC Sport: "There has been no approach to me or to Inverness as far as I know.

"But if a Premier League club came looking, I would be crazy not to listen to what they had to say."

Robertson is aware that being the top scorer in Hearts' history makes taking over at their Edinburgh rivals a potentially hazardous move.

You might never get another chance to manage in the Premier League
John Robertson
Williamson has failed to be accepted by a section of the Hibs support because he is from the west coast of Scotland and a former striker with Rangers.

But Robertson, who can lay claim to being a Hibs fan as a boy, said: "I had a fantastic time at Hearts, but they no longer pay my mortgage."

He was quick to stress that it was premature to talk about the Hibs job as it had not been officially announced that Williamson was leaving for Plymouth.

"Like everybody else, I am hearing a lot of speculation, especially from my brother, who is Hibs daft," said Robertson.

He also pointed out that Caley Thistle might not give Hibs permission to talk to him, even if an approach was made.

"Hibs are a massive club and nobody knows that more than me, as I am an Edinburgh boy," he said.

Robertson has inside knowledge about the quality of Hibs' young players as assistant Donald Park coached at Easter Road.

"Donald Park brought them all through and was massive in their development from youth level to the Under-21s," he said.

Robertson rejected the suggestion that it was too early in his managerial career, having led Caley Thistle this season to Bell's Cup triumph, the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup and within four points of First Division leaders Clyde.

"I have been coaching now for six years and have had 17 months at Inverness," he added.

"I am ambitious and you might never get another chance to manage in the Premier League."





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