Strong rumours abound in Edinburgh that Mixu Paatelainen has quit Easter Road, although this was denied on Talk 107 this morning. The strength of the rumours is such that I’d be tempted to say there must be something in them. I’ve no idea what really, my personal guess would be that unless money is made available to sign players, Mixu may be on the way out.
Hibs have not yet signed a player in the close season although there is a press conference tomorrow to announce something. More than likely the signings of Steven Thicot, Fabien Yantorno and Joe Keenan. None of whom are names that excite any Hibs fan I’ve spoken to.
When he was Hibs manager Tony Mowbray made public statements about not being able to take the club further and it was obvious why he left when he did. John Collins left, actually stating outright that the board had not supported him after they had sold the best players that were left at Easter Road. Could this be the start of our third manager’s disgruntlement on the same issue within three years?
If it is then the board at Easter Road, who are deeply unpopular with fans as it stands now anyway, will find they may have gone too far with their lack of support for the footballing side of what they only see as a business.
A football club needs good football players and a decent manager. Hibernian and Rod Petrie in particular got lucky in bringing in a good manager in Tony Mowbray who got the best out of a great group of youngsters and managed to bring in a few bargains. That team was sold by a board who have made no effort to replace them.
The Hibs board continued to sell during John Collins’ reign and he failed to bring in good players on the cheap. It now appears that all is not well down Easter Road way and who would bet against the board and wage structure being the root of the problem?