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Chick Young's view

Chick Young
By Chick Young
BBC Scotland football reporter

Never fry your breakfast nude. And don't trust Hibs to appoint a successful manager.

They have now had 10 attempts in 12 years. They don't do big business in gold watches for loyalty down at Easter Road.

The board, clearly expert at running the club as a going concern, are bereft of the football touch when it comes to understanding the side of the game that really matters.

John Hughes lasted 17 months in the Hibs dugout
Hughes lasted a mere 17 months in the Hibs dugout

State-of-the-art training complexes and impressive new grandstands are all very well, but the pressing need is to put a winning team on the pitch.

The alternative is like building an ocean-going super-yacht in the middle of the desert.

It is, you might argue, the lesser of two evils given that those who run Dundee have acted like hapless idiots, dragging the club down the road to oblivion.

You have to admit that Rod Petrie and his cohorts at least know how a balance book works and have a basic grip on the fact that there is some urgency in agreeing to the demands of Her Majesty's Customs and Excise.

Poor Dundee - and that adjective applies in more than one sense, because skint though they are they have my every sympathy - have been thrown around and abused by a series of owners like a dodgy magazine among teenage boys.

I know for a fact that Gordon Chisholm and Billy Dodds found reality to be some distance from the temptation they thought they were yielding to when they quit Queen of the South for Tayside.

Like Third Lanark 43 years before them, the life is slowly being strangled out of the club. And the post mortem, like that of the Hi Hi, will read of death by shameful mismanagement.

Hibernian, meanwhile, are flush at the bank but red-faced about their league position.

Theirs had been a miserable start to the season, elbowed from Europe and the Co-operative Insurance Cup and staring at only St Mirren in the Scottish Premier League rear view mirror. More Boo-Boo than Yogi, to be honest.


Van Gogh couldn't paint a pretty picture of that track record and I am a little bemused to explain it away myself. John Hughes, it seemed to me, looked equipped with the tools of the management job.

Fan power won in the end. It usually does.

Boardrooms aren't traditionally fortresses of belief in their inhabitants' original decision making. They have a Teflon approach to culpability.

And watch them execute a sacrificial offering when the support threaten to stay away.

But 10 bosses in a dozen years, albeit a few of them just caretakers - that's just careless.

It can't all be the fault of the now unemployed John Hughes. It wasn't his decision to flog Anthony Stokes to Celtic as the transfer window slammed shut with no hope of a suitable replacement.

And it wasn't his fault that the board couldn't weather the supporters' storm.

Frankly, I find the impatience of boards and fans to be utterly over the top, a modern phenomenon spawned by the buy-and-bin philosophy of a world now seemingly incapable of waiting for a bus far less the evolution of a football club.

Chairman Rod Petrie, who tends to be allergic to media interviews, has promised the club's shareholders at their annual meeting that they will take their time to make the right appointment

Fair enough. But is that not what he should have done in the first place?

see also
Hibs cast net wide for new boss
04 Oct 10 |  Hibernian
Hibs under Hughes fail to blossom
04 Oct 10 |  Hibernian
Hughes at Hibs in pictures
04 Oct 10 |  Scottish Premier
Hughes steps down as Hibs manager
04 Oct 10 |  Hibernian

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