Ex-Bristol City & Sunderland man looks set for next managerial role

Scottish Premiership side Hibernian are still searching for a new manager after the sacking of Shaun Maloney. However, as the Scottish Premiership has now come to a close, it seems Hibs have made their decision on their next appointment.

According to talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook, Hibernian are set to appoint former Sunderland and Bristol City boss Lee Johnson as their new manager.

Johnson was last in the dugout at League One side Sunderland and he was sacked from the Stadium Of Light back in January after a disastrous 6-0 defeat to Bolton Wanderers.

Sunderland appointed Johnson as manager back in December 2019 after the sacking of Phil Parkinson. The former Oldham Athletic and Barnsley boss guided the Black Cats to Papa John’s Trophy success in his first season at the helm but they were then defeated in the play-offs by Lincoln City.

Johnson was given the first-half of this campaign to try and get the club back promoted to the Championship but lost his job earlier this year after a terrible run of form, despite his team sitting 3rd in the table at the time.

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As previously mentioned it was the final straw for the Sunderland hierarchy when the Black Cats were demolished 6-0 by Bolton. The Wearside club moved to make a change and brought in Alex Neil as his replacement and that decision couldn’t have gone much better with Neil helping Sunderland reach the League One play-off final.

For Johnson, it now looks as though he is going to get another shot at management but this time in Scotland. A league that he hasn’t managed in before and will be slightly different to what he’s managed here in England.

However, if he can learn from his past mistakes and add some players this summer then Hibs and Johnson could well be a perfect match.

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