Chris Sutton hammers Hibernian for sacking former Celtic teammate Shaun Maloney

By David Walton

April 19, 2022

Chris Sutton has hit out at Hibs for sacking former Celtic teammate Shaun Maloney after only 4 months in the job at Easter Road.

Hibs announced the decision on social media earlier this morning after losing to Hearts on Saturday’s Scottish Cup semi-final. The loss meant that Maloney had only managed to achieve 6 wins in 18 games – failing to bag a top 6 spot in the process.

And Sutton clearly isn’t pleased with the decision as he questioned the message it sends out to those looking to make their way into coaching:

Maloney had been given scope to bring in players in January. However, despite a handful of recruits, none of them have stepped up to the task.

Hibs only managed to net 11 goals in 15 league games under Shaun with fan unrest mounting after Saturday’s derby defeat at Hampden.

Former Celtic centre-back Gary Caldwell has also left his post as assistant manager in Leith.

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Shaun Maloney a victim of football management’s cut-throat nature

It’s a gutter for Shaun who would’ve been hoping to have been given the summer window to try and sort out Hibs’ goalscoring problems. But owner Ron Gordon evidently believes a change of plan is needed.

We can argue all day about whether managers get enough time to change things in football. The cut-throat nature of it is well documented with so many experiencing unfair dismissals in the past.

However, you can also understand the decision Hibs have made here. Fans of the Edinburgh club wanted a change. Had things not worked out over the summer window then they could’ve ended up spending next year effectively waiting on an opportunity to bring someone fresh in.

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By doing it now, the Easter Road club are moving to change the atmosphere around the place. A move that they believe will get their supporters back on board with them ahead of the summer. Regardless of fairness, it’s pretty clear as to why they’ve decided to move now.

Clearly, Saturday was the final straw for Gordon and the Hibs board. Unfortunately, that meant Maloney is now looking for fresh opportunities elsewhere.

It didn’t work out how we all would’ve wanted it to for Shaun. But is this honestly a major surprise? We’d be lying if we said yes.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou delivers early Celtic injury boost ahead of Ross County