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ROSS AXED AT HIBS

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JACK ROSS has been fired by Hibs just 10 days before he was due to take charge of the team in the Premier Sports League Cup Final against Celtic at Hampden.

The 45-year-old boss was axed in the fall-out of the 1-0 loss to Livingston in West Lothian last night when everything went wrong for the Edinburgh club.

They conceded when Jack McMullan fired low past Matt Macey and Martin Boyle, a hat-trick hero in the 3-1 semi-final victory over Rangers, blazed high over the crossbar to squander a penalty-kick shortly afterwards. It got worse when defender Paul McGinn and Paul Hanlon were red-carded in the last five minutes.

The loss to Livi left Ross with just one win in the past nine Premiership outings and slumped in seventh place, 11 points off third.

HIB HIB HOORAY…Jack Ross celebrates with hat-trick hero Martin Boyle after the 3-1 win over Rangers in the Premier Sports League Cup semi-final only EIGHTEEN days ago. Now the boss and the club have parted company after last night’s 1-0 loss to Livingston.

Assistant John Potter has also left while one-time right-back and captain David Gray will take over in an interim capacity and he could still be in position when the Easter Road men face Ange Postecoglou’s side at Hampden a week on Sunday.

Ross, who was appointed Hibs gaffer a month after his contract was terminated by Sunderland in October 2019 and signed a deal with the Leith club that was due to run until July 2024, was booed and jeered by the raging away support after the latest setback.

The former Alloa and St Mirren head coach, speaking to the BBC, said: “The criticism that comes in the stand and will come afterwards, direct it at me and not the players.

“I’ve had nearly 300 games now as a manager and I’ve had a pretty positive time in the main. I back my abilities to do it, but your abilities are always reflected in what you get from your team.

“You can’t shy away from that and you can’t bristle when you’re asked [about mounting pressure]because it’s the nature of the job.”

Club chief executive Ben Kensell, speaking in a statement, added: “Following the prolonged run of poor results in the league, the club has taken the tough decision to relieve Jack Ross of his duties.

“The club will now look to appoint a new manager to take the club and this talented young squad forward and a further update will be provided in due course.”

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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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