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I took that as more he just accepted it was one of those things, rather than being the driver beind the turnover.Listening to his interview, sounds like we can expect a lot of comings and goings during the windows. Seems to go through a big turn over of players.
Benitez doesn’t rant and rave ..excellent manager .You could feel that the "cat had got the cream" as he is obviously the second choice but ultimately the interview became a tough watch especially as it was very hard to understand what he was saying.
It was quite difficult to tune into his English accent especially delivered in such a monotonous drone.
He is actually quite a left field appointment as he only has about 120 games as a manager which at 42 years old is a very limited number but it was very good to see how he had worked his way up the various youth and under 20 systems as always trying to improve himself step by step.
Patsy questions of course but we never did find out why it went wrong at Barnsley and then Leeds or how he plans to overcome his complete lack of knowledge of Scottish football and do him and Robbie Stockdale actually plan to live here or just commute.
Obviously knows nothing about Hibs present playing staff as he won't be playing his favoured high pressing game with a midfield of Slivka, Mallon, Horgan and Allan.
As for Milligan and Barclay they must have fainted at the very thought.
He is certainly not a leader of men by a long way but quiet, unassuming, thoughtful, fair minded and always looking for small improvements and working as a team with his colleagues from other departments are also very admirable qualities to have in a manager.
He does have this season as very much a free hit but then he needs to make his mark in the next transfer window hence I expect he will have a clear out of many of the old faces which had to happen at some time.
I am claiming copyright christening him as "PHB" and it will be interesting to see how it all unfolds as he joins with very much a clean slate to work with so many loan players and contracts up at the end of the season.
In what way B? I didn't even know he was Scottish until yesterday? Or is he actually Scenglish?Robbie Stockdale is an interesting one - cleared out at Sunderland when Jack Ross came in - but the car crash documentary Sunderland TIL I die on Netflix showed him in a good light
He's as Scottish as the radge Bertie McVogts that capped him. He was at the car crash that was Sunderland for 6 years working his way up from youth coach - and seemed to me to be doing a good job amidst the chaos around him.In what way B? I didn't even know he was Scottish until yesterday? Or is he actually Scenglish?
Not saying your mates wrong, but given the proximity of Leeds & Barnsley I'd guess they would be rivals and the knives would be out for him from the off. I'd be amazed if any Leeds fan had a good word to say about an ex failed manager who also happened to manage one of their rivals.Hecky Thump some Leeds fans call him. I like to be optimistic and hope he will be one of the most successful managers in our history. However, , the general feeling among Leeds fans is that he is overrated on the basis of one good season at Barnsley and, although a decent coach, he made many poor first team decisions at Leeds. one close mate, a long-time Leeds (and Hibs) fan said: "Be very surprised if he does well. Disappointed for Hibs."
Agreed - he impressed me.
And if you're looking from learning from mistakes (although 4 months isn't really a fair period to judge) He's brought Robbie Stockdale in as his assistant instead of Jamie Clapham who was with him at Leeds.Not saying your mates wrong, but given the proximity of Leeds & Barnsley I'd guess they would be rivals and the knives would be out for him from the off. I'd be amazed if any Leeds fan had a good word to say about an ex failed manager who also happened to manage one of their rivals.
That reads like a post that could have been lifted straight from Kickback where they are obsessed with us. There's never been a great deal of difference between Hibs and Hearts over the years. Whilst it's great to put one over a derby rival, it's hardly a 'step away from the cliff edge' if we lose to them.Benitez doesn’t rant and rave ..excellent manager .
I got the feeling from his interview that Heckers will be a good tactician , an intelligent motivator and will see right through Hanlon , Stevenson and Marciano ..
The one major thing that needs really really really drummed into him is the importance of beating Hearts .
Because of the woeful run we had against them of however many games without a win a few years back - My first priority in any game against Hearts is not to lose 7-0 or any other configuration of that scoreline that could be justifiably deemed even worse .
That 5-1 beating at Hampden a few years ago in the cup final could have been 10 + if half the Heart’s team on the day knew of the significance of giving us a real doing !
Agree completely, it's just bizarre - what the fcuk has his voice got to do with anything?? My own memory of Stubbs was a sort of polite-sounding guy who doled out the usual managerial cliches, for instance? And Steve Clarke is absolutely the most dour, monotone man in the history of mankind - what matters is how he gets his players performing. The Lennons/Mourinhos of the world are all very well when things are going swimmingly, but they're toxic when they're not - I for one am glad to hear someone who sounds like Hibs are not all about him and his "ambitions".Surprised at folk having doubts because of his interview skills and accent but wanted Stevie Clarke as our manager, he's the most boring person in Scotland in interviews...except when you mention Sevco.
I think he presented himself well, but I'm used to that Yorkshire/Lancashire dull tone.
Indeed. I suspect that he won't feel the same need to "reconsider his position"...Agree completely, it's just bizarre - what the fcuk has his voice got to do with anything?? My own memory of Stubbs was a sort of polite-sounding guy who doled out the usual managerial cliches, for instance? And Steve Clarke is absolutely the most dour, monotone man in the history of mankind - what matters is how he gets his players performing. The Lennons/Mourinhos of the world are all very well when things are going swimmingly, but they're toxic when they're not - I for one am glad to hear someone who sounds like Hibs are not all about him and his "ambitions".
Welcome Paul, looking forward to welcoming you on Saturday!
I am guessing in the dark that it was very high pay of for both of them as Lennon has sounded very cheery in the one interview he has given post the "mutual consent" giving it the "great time, great club" nonsense though fair enough if you just got £150,000 to GTF for having a screaming match with your boss.I wonder how big the hit is?
It wouldn't surprise me if Gary Parker ended up with a bigger pay off than Lennon.