Date: 4th November 2019 at 4:43pm
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Hibs have sacked Paul Heckingbottom- less than 48 hours after losing to Celtic in the semi-final of the Betfred Cup at Hampden.

Various reports broke late this afternoon that the former Barnsley boss had been sacked with conformation from Hibs expected this evening.

After failing to win a league match since the opening  day of the season against St Mirren the pressure was on Heckingbottom as he prepared his side for Saturday’s match at Hampden. Once Hearts sacked Craig Levein it seemed like it would take a miracle for Heckingbottom to avoid a similar fate.

Saturday’s 5-2 scoreline flattered Hibs with Celtic striking the woodwork twice while looking capable of scoring seven or eight.

The anger of the Hibs support was evident in ticket sales with the SPFL twice reducing their allocation with less than 10,000 fans making the journey along the M8.

Former Sunderland boss Jack Ross is likely to be among the favourites for the job but over the last decade managers such as Neil Lennon, Alan Stubbs, Terry Butcher, Pat Fenlon and Colin Calderwood have averaged less than two years in the job.

Hibs next face Celtic on December 15, the Sunday following the hoops final Europa League group match away to Cluj.