Confirmed: Hibernian sack ex-Celtic pair Shaun Maloney and Gary Caldwell

By David Walton

April 19, 2022

Hibernian have this morning confirmed the departures of former Celtic stars Shaun Maloney and Gary Caldwell as manager and assistant manager respectively.

Maloney has overseen a disastrous 4 months at Easter Road since being appointed back in December. Hibs failed to make the top 6 this season and exited the Scottish Cup at the hands of Hearts on Saturday. That result came hot on the heels of a 3-1 loss at Tynecastle just a week beforehand.

Former Belgium assistant coach Maloney, who was in his first post as a number 1 at Hibs, failed to strengthen sufficiently in the January window. Despite the arrivals of the likes of Rocky Bushiri, Elias Melkersen, and Sylvester Jasper – it hasn’t improved their results or performances.

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Speaking via the official Hibernian website, owner Ron Gordon said: “Our hope in appointing Shaun Maloney as a young, highly regarded coach was that he would help us take the club forward, but ultimately it didn’t work out.

“We thank Shaun and his coaching staff for all their hard work and efforts and wish them all the best for the future.”

Maloney leaves Hibs having taken charge of 18 matches, securing victory in only 6 of them.

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A setback for Shaun Maloney’s managerial career

Every manager in world football goes through a period where things just don’t go well for them. Maloney, however, would’ve hoped that wouldn’t have been the case with his first gig.

The appointment and the fit just looked right when Shaun took over back in December. However, a lack of cutting edge up top has been the killer for the Easter Road club. The fact Hibs only scored 11 goals in Maloney’s 15 league games didn’t back up what we thought we were going to see from his Hibs side.

This news isn’t a big surprise. Not securing a top 6 spot was never a good look. And whilst arguments could be made that Shaun deserved the summer window, it’s clearly a risk Hibs weren’t willing to take.

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Now, all eyes on what’s next for Maloney. It would be interesting to see whether a return to Celtic Park could be on the cards. After all, he worked with the under-20s back in 2018 for a short period before taking the Belgium gig full-time.

In all honesty, however, it would be great to see Maloney make it elsewhere as a number one. That’s clearly what he wants for his career in the long term. Whether a drop down to the Championship will be necessary remains to be seen.

It didn’t work out at Easter Road though, so all the best to Shaun wherever he ends up. His CV is still certainly impressive enough to command a decent move.

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