Ross County have announced that Derek Adams has quit as Hibs assistant manager to take up the role of Ross County manager for a second time, on a three-year deal.
Adams only joined the Easter Road side in November, and the news of his return to the Staggies will come as a surprise to many.
County Chairman Roy MacGregor said on the club’s website: “The past year has been a difficult year for the club, however the club is now delighted to announce that Derek Adams has agreed to return as First Team Manager. I would like to personally thank Colin Calderwood and Rod Petrie at Hibernian Football Club for their professionalism and support in making this happen”.
Adams was in charge of County’s famous Scottish Cup run last season, when they defeated Celtic on the way to the final, before losing 3-0 to Dundee United.
He left County to take up the assistant manager’s role at Hibernian, and replaced with former Celtic and Ujpest coach Willie McStay however he lasted just nine games before being replaced with former Aberdeen and Killie manager Jimmy Calderwood.
Calderwood took up the role until the end of the season tasked with keeping the club’s status as a First Division side alive and he duly delivered for the Dingwall side as they just finished above the relegation zone, six points ahead of Cowdenbeath.
In a statement on the Hibs website, Adams said: “I have enjoyed my time in Edinburgh and am sorry to be leaving Hibernian, but the chance to be a manager again at Ross County is just too good an opportunity to turn down. Colin has been great to work with, and I would like to thank him, and everyone at Hibernian, for the opportunity and wish them every success in the future.”