Kris Commons slams 'ridiculous' treatment of former Celtic teammate

By Lewis Laird

April 20, 2022

Former Celtic midfielder Kris Commons has slammed the treatment of ex-Hoops teammate Shaun Maloney after he was sacked from his role as Hibernian manager.

The Edinburgh side announced the shock news yesterday morning, which saw the former Scotland internationalist let go from his job after just four months in charge.

Maloney took up the managerial role at Easter Road back in December, after another surprise departure on Leith, with Jack Ross being sacked before their matchup against Celtic in the Premier Sports cup final.

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It didn’t quite work out for the former Celtic man at the beginning of his tenure at Hibs, who are in the bottom six and suffered a Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to rivals Hearts last weekend.

However, Commons was quick to come to his defence, insisting that Hibs owner Ron Gordon had made a ‘ridiculous’ decision by letting Maloney go.

He reckons that the 39-year old should have been given more time to implement his style at the club.

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He told The Scottish Daily Mail [20/04 print edition, page 75]: “I understand that results haven’t been great. But this still strikes me as a ridiculous decision from owner Ron Gordon.

“When you appoint a rookie head coach, you surely have to understand that it might take some time for them to get it right. You are making a commitment to someone, and there needs to be a degree of patience.

“Maloney was never going to provide a quick fix. He was never going to walk in and reinvent the wheel from day one. He needed time — but Hibs simply weren’t willing to give him any. Which makes you wonder what on earth the point was in giving him the job in the first place if you’re just going to sack him after four months?

“I feel sorry for Maloney. I know him personally from our time playing together with Scotland and Celtic, and I can tell you he’s a really honest and genuine fella. Listen to all of his former teammates and ex-managers. You won’t hear anyone with a bad word to say about him.”

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Shaun Maloney’s harsh Hibs treatment

Despite suffering a somewhat disappointing start to life in the dugout, the decision from Hibs to sack another manager seems like a very poor decision, or at least a rushed one.

Maloney was highly rated from his time spent with the Celtic academy and the few years with the Belgian international side. So, with this being his first role as manager, he should have been afforded more time over the summer to try and build a squad that suits his philosophy. Hibs knew what they were getting when they appointed him.

The decision ultimately makes little sense, given how they also sacked Jack Ross back in December. There will be many prospective managers out there who will have their doubts raised about the job looking at the treatment of both men.

Many fans and pundits across Scottish Football were intrigued to see how the former Celtic and Aston Villa man got on in his first role as manager. This was a bruising few months but the hope is he can bounce back and prove himself elsewhere.

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