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Hibernian owner Ron Gordon believes the decision to sack manager Shaun Maloney after four months was the right decision. The former Celtic midfielder quit his job as assistant Belgium boss but failed to live up to the expectation at Hibernian. Their defeat to Hearts in the Scottish Cup ended any hopes of European football. Maloney managed just one win in the Scottish Premiership in 2022 and Gordon believes the team was headed in the wrong direction.

“We have been concerned about performances over the past couple of months. We have had lots of conversations with people at the club, including board members, and we had a special board meeting on Monday. We came to the conclusion, fairly decisively, that we needed to make a change,” Ron Gordon said after the sacking of Shaun Maloney. “It was a collective decision. We have a lot of people on the board who are experienced and have been around the game a long time. When you look at the results, it’s just really not acceptable for a club like Hibs. I have absolutely no doubt that we gave him enough time for us to see the kind of performance. In the 19 games he managed, we saw some good, some not so good. I think we gave him plenty of time.”

“There was a risk and I expected bumps but I didn’t quite expect the slide. We are not headed in the right direction,” he added. “We considered the possibility of giving him more time and I think there was a very insightful perception from one of the board members, if you could see the team progressing week to week, or individual players were getting better under his management, then you could say ‘you know what, we are headed in the right direction, he needs more time’.”

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