Anthony Stokes Signs for Hibs

August 20th, 2009 No Comments »

Hibs have signed Anthony Stokes from Sunderland.  Apparently there will be a press conference tomorrow to make the announcement.

It’s been widely rumoured since Yogi arrived at the club that Stokes would return to play for him after an uneventful spell down south.  Stokes signed for Sunderland for around £2 million so you’d have to figure that Hibs have paid some sort of fee to get him back to Scotland.  Lets hope he can find the form that got him that transfer in the first place.

This is a genuinely exciting signing and along with the return of Benji and Zemmama and addition of 3 midfielders who all, so far, look the biz – we could be in for a decent season.

To top it all, the Jambos were humped in 4-0 by Dynamo Zagreb tonight too.  Happy days!

Here are links to his hatrick for Falkirk against Dunfermline:

Goal 1 Goal 2 Goal 3

John Hughes interview

August 1st, 2009 2 Comments »

There’s an excellent interview with John Yogi hughes by the BBC here.  He just keeps on saying the right things.  I’m much more positive about next season now.  Some interesting stuff about Benji at th end too, seems Hibs have lost patience but that the door is not totally closed – if that makes sense.

Hibs above Rangers and Celtic. Hearts are insolvent.

July 15th, 2009 8 Comments »

Credit rating company, Equifax has released details of the ratings of SPL clubs.  As you’d expect, Hibs fare pretty well, coming in 3rd place behind St. Mirren and St. Johnstone who both had maximum points of 100.  Hibs have 87 points which Equifax rate as an “A” – Very Good Score.  The funny stuff comes nearer the bottom were Hearts are listed as “insolvent” which comes as no real surprise but is still nice to see from an authoritative source.  Motherwell are also listed as insolvent and Hamilton get 2 points.

I was amused to see Dundee United at 42 points but actually that’s a “D” – Avergae Score. 42 is pretty good when compared to the English Premiership teams, only 5 of whom get over 50 points and 11 of whom are technically insolvent.

So, what does it all mean? Absolutely bugger all.  More recession scaremongery and a company (Equifax) inventing a press release purely for the publicity.

EQUIFAX’S SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE CREDIT RATINGS TABLE

Club Score out of 100 Technically Insolvent
St. Johnstone 100
St. Mirren 100
Hibernian 87
Rangers 84
Celtic 79
Aberdeen 78
Kilmarnock 71
Falkirk 57
Dundee United 42
Hamilton Academical 2 Yes
Hearts 0 Yes
*Motherwell 0 Yes

*Motherwell Football and Athletic Club Limited is a company voluntary arrangement, so automatically given zero points and insolvency rating.

EQUIFAX’S PREMIERSHIP CREDIT RATINGS TABLE

Club Score out of 100 Technically Insolvent
Man Utd 100
Arsenal 98
WBA 78
Blackburn Rovers 68
Tottenham 50
Sunderland 37
West Ham 37
Manchester City 27
Liverpool 26
Fulham 20 Yes
Everton 18 Yes
Newcastle Utd 12 Yes
Aston Villa 10 Yes
Chelsea 10 Yes
Middlesbrough 7 Yes
Bolton Wanderers 5 Yes
Portsmouth 2 Yes
Wigan Athletic 2 Yes
Stoke City 2 Yes
Hull City 1 Yes

SPL Fixtures 2009/2010

June 17th, 2009 1 Comment »

The opening day fixtures for next season’s SPL have been announced. Hibs have St.Mirren at home on the first game of next season. The rest of the fixtures are expected shortly.

Edit: Here are the fixture for the rest of the season: ScotPrem.com

Fantastic to see a derby at Easter Road on 2nd of January 2010.

Aberdeen v Celtic
Dundee Utd v Hearts
Hibernian v St Mirren
Kilmarnock v Hamilton
Rangers v Falkirk
St Johnstone v Motherwell

It’s Yogi! John Hughes is the new Hibs manager

June 8th, 2009 1 Comment »

Hibs confirmed this afternoon that John Hughes is to be the new manager.  The announcement was made on the official website.

Rob Petrie:

“I am delighted to announce that John Hughes has been appointed Manager of Hibernian Football Club

“Appropriate arrangements were agreed with Falkirk Football Club to secure John’s release and John has signed a three year contract with Hibernian. We anticipate that Brian Rice will join John at the Club as Assistant Manager on his return from holiday.”

“The search for a new manager is always a difficult task and after a very thorough process we were fortunate to have a number of exceptional candidates. John Hughes was the unanimous choice of the Board not for his exploits as a former player, but for his credentials as a manager, his style of football and his potential to bring success to the Club on the field of play.

“I am sure too that John will galvanize everyone connected with Hibernian and drive the club forward. The Board will never lose sight of the requirement for Hibernian FC to be competing for honours and we see John as the ideal candidate to achieve this.”

Yogi:

“This is a very proud day for me. I am delighted to be the Manager of Hibernian.

“Everyone knows what Hibernian means to me. I have so much respect for the Club and its supporters that I would not have accepted the job if I did not think that I could make a real difference and be successful. It is important to me that the Board have identified that it is my managerial ability, and not my history as a Hibernian player, as the reason I have been appointed.

“I also have great affection for Falkirk FC and would like to thank everyone connected with that club for the fantastic opportunity they gave me to cut my teeth as a manager.

“My future now lies with Hibernian and I believe I will bring innovation and an attractive style of passing football to the Club. I can’t wait to start working with the players and get down to business at the training centre.”