Hibs sack boss days before Boyle’s final

Hibernian have sacked their manager Jack Ross only 10 days before he was due to lead his side, spearheaded by Socceroo Martin Boyle, into the Scottish League Cup final against Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic.

Ross has paid the price for a “prolonged run of poor results” with the Scottish Premiership side, the final straw coming with a 1-0 loss at Livingston on Wednesday.

The 45-year-old former St Mirren and Sunderland boss Ross had overseen seven defeats in Hibs’ last nine Premiership matches.

His assistant John Potter has also left the club, with first-team coach David Gray placed in interim charge alongside Eddie May and goalkeeping coach Craig Samson.

The timing for the Easter Road side, who finished third under Ross last season and who are currently seventh in the table, is particularly ruthless with the final against Celtic to be staged at Hampden a week on Sunday.

Hibs had started the current campaign well and, after a seven-game unbeaten run in the league, were just a point off top spot at the start of October.

However, their form has taken a nosedive over the past two months, ultimately costing Ross his job.

Australia winger Boyle has been a star for them this term, scoring seven league goals and having scored a first-half hat-trick as they knocked out Rangers in the League Cup semi-final.

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