Petrie took a mere 31 words to announce the termination of a marriage that seemed to be on the rocks from the beginning. “I would like to thank him for his time as manager, Colin” Petrie said. “The Board decided that it was in the best interests of the club to seek a new manager to carry out Hibernian.”
The decision was taken the day after a really sad presentation by the club in a defeat at home 1-0 at Dunfermline, a team that had been able to win any of their nine previous matches.
Ironically, was a goal from a former hearts player, Austin McCann, which eventually led matters to a head, extending a sequence of only League victory at Easter Road in the past nine months.
Supporters called for Petrie to resign and he later demonstrated outside the main entrance to the stadium, chanting: “Sack the Board”.
Directors often respond to aullidas with their pitchforks and torches mobs by releasing them the
Head of the Manager and has thus shown here. However, the regularity with which the case might present a problem of Petrie on the night of the annual general meeting of the club tomorrow.
Petrie, after all, is the man who put everything in black, only to finish in the red. He played during the summer, when Steve McClaren at Nottingham Forest and Chris Hughton Birmingham City wanted to take Calderwood South to be his assistant.
Unfortunately, rather than meet a six-figure sum in compensation for the loss of a manager whose departure would have been añore (won only 12 of his 49 games in charge), Petrie will have to reimburse Calderwood 23 months remaining on his contract.
Shareholders are unlikely to consider the course of good housekeeping action. In fact, since Petrie, he assumed the role of CEO in 1997, Office of the administrator could thus have been equipped with a revolving door.
Jim Duffy, Alex McLeish, Franck Sauzee, Bobby Williamson, Tony Mowbray, John Collins, Anderlecht, John Hughes and now Calderwood groups have come and gone and Petrie administrator now seek a 10 in 14 years.
Among the names of the framework are Michael O’Neill, a former Hibs player that has guided to Shamrock Rovers in the group stage of the Europa League this season, the first time at a club in the League of Ireland.
Livingston manager Gary Bollan is also an attractive proposal, both because it is working without a contract in the back-to-back promotions that won the first division club.
Roy Aitken, the former coach of the Leeds and Aston Villa, is also believed to be under consideration, while unemployed heads as Mark McGhee and Jimmy Calderwood would be willing to work in the capital.
Frank Dougan, the former Treasurer of the Association of Hibs supporters, said: “[sack of Calderwood] is no surprise.” “Questions have to be order of Petrie and the Board entirely and, for my part, will be asking them in the General Assembly”.
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