HIBS have failed in a dramatic bid to lure Darren Fletcher for talks as they search for a replacement for the sacked Paul Heckingbottom.

The Easter Road outfit sounded out the former Scotland international skipper about the Edinburgh club’s manager’s job, according to a report in the Scottish Sun.

Apparently the club, who fired Heckingbottom following the 5-2 Betfred League Cup semi-final exit against Celtic 12 days ago, wanted discussions with the ex-Manchester United midfielder.

He was high on their priority list alongside Hoops No.2  John Kennedy and former Alloa and St Mirren gaffer Jack Ross, who was axed by English League One outfit Sunderland earlier this season.

However, Dalkeith-born Fletcher made it clear he is NOT ready to become a manager at the moment.

The 35-year-old hung up his boots at the end of last season following his departure from Stoke City after a spell at West Brom.

Since then he has been linked with a behind-the-scenes role at Old Trafford and a coaching role at the Hawthorns.

Fletcher said: “I am doing my coaching badges just now and I really want to become a manager. It’s something I have always wanted to do.

“I have had my doubts about what impact it would have on my family life, in terms of how intense it is. You never know, but it’s something I feel like I could potentially be good at.

“I am not ready yet. I feel I have got a lot to learn and I want to go to as many places and speak to as many people as possible. You’ll never be fully ready when you make the jump to management, but I want to be as ready as possible.”

Reports also indicate will not be quitting Celtic where he will continue as assistant to Neil Lennon.



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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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