Pat Fenlon

Hibs

Hibs: Progress, points, profit

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Hibs: Pat Fenlon's failings go deeper than Malmö mauling

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St Johnstone and Hibs face Europa challenges

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Dancing on the streets of Raith

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No, no, no Geordie Munro Oh no, no, no my wee laddie, I don't want to go to Idaho, I'd rather watch Hibs in Kirkcaldy
(With apologies to the Scottish folk music community and the Raith Rovers fans who have claimed this song as their own.)

To Fife tonight and a first glimpse - for me - of Hibs in action after their foreshortened summer break.

Scottish Cup: Hibs Hibs Hooray?

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One year and one week on.

Again we trudge to our buses, looking like the club shop has thrown up on us, ready to troop through to Hampden.

Ready to watch Hibs wrestle with their Scottish Cup destiny. Part 111.

An unlikely final appearance.

The first consecutive finals since 1923 and 1924 (those losses courtesy of Celtic and Airdie).

Hibs: Returning to the scene of the crime

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Do Hibs feel the hand of Scottish Cup history on their shoulder? Or does it have them by the throat, threatening to throttle them once again?

They head to Hampden as favourites to beat Falkirk in the semi final - 1.6 to win at Unibet to Falkirk's 5.5 - but demons lurk in every corner.

What do we chew on at the betting online feast?

SPL: Stuttering Hibs

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Fifth in the league, a point better off after 26 games of this season than they were after the SPL had run it's course last season.

Hibs fans, punch drunk from their annus horribilis, heard promises in the summer of a rebuilt side capable of making progress.

A top six berth after two-thirds of the season does indeed point to progress.

SPL: Celtic v Hibs

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After they both enjoyed SPL wins last Saturday the week rather diverged for Celtic and Hibs.

Celtic progressed to the Champions League group stage, that promised land where the streets are paved with gold and the couches upholstered with £50 notes.

24 hours earlier Hibs were dumped out of the League Cup by Queen of the South in a display that seems to have flitted between pathetic and miserable.

Hibs: Starting over

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This time last week Hibs were looking forward to a once in a lifetime Scottish Cup final.

Harold Wilson was a Huddersfield Town supporter so he probably knew that if a week is a long time in politics it can be an eternity in football.

A fairly miserable eternity at that.

The Hibs team that turned up at Hampden lacked belief and lacked desire.

Hibs: Starting over

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This time last week Hibs were looking forward to a once in a lifetime Scottish Cup final.

Harold Wilson was a Huddersfield Town supporter so he probably knew that if a week is a long time in politics it can be an eternity in football.

A fairly miserable eternity at that.

The Hibs team that turned up at Hampden lacked belief and lacked desire.

Scottish Cup: Hibs for the cup?

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Time, I think, to take Rudyard Kipling's advice about triumph and disaster and fling it in the Water of Leith.

Those two impostors are the only things up for grabs at Hampden tomorrow.

The ultimate triumph. The ultimate disaster.

An all Edinburgh Scottish Cup final.

Scottish Cup: Hibs head for the (Irish) hills

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Some consternation among the fourth estate as Hibs announce that their media open day ahead of the Scottish Cup final will be held in Ireland.

An away media open day.

With budgets being squeezed across the land, sports editors might be loathe to send journalists off on a Ryanair adventure.

Hibs: Another second chance

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It's a strange one: sticking around at a stadium to greet like heroes a squad that has just escaped from the struggle of their lives.

Pat Fenlon called last night's acclaim for his Hibs team "embarrassing," stressing that this was more an opportunity to thank the fans rather than an occasion of unadulterated joy.

Hibs: A sorry saga

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Little by little, inch by inch, Hibs are moving towards SPL safety.

Three points salvaged from a poor performance in Inverness were followed by a single point in an encouraging display against Motherwell on Sunday.

These are not earth shattering displays. But they are enough to edge further from a poor Dunfermline side who have not yet enjoyed the bounce they might have expected when unveiling Jim Jefferies as a managerial Red Adair.

Enemies reunited: Jim Jefferies returns

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Hibs fans aren't supposed to like Jim Jefferies.

The walking personification of Hearts, he wasn't put on this earth for us to hold him dear.

And largely we don't like him.

But there's something about Jim.

Maybe it's because, in the constantly evolving modern game, the nostalgic sight of a Wallyford curmudgeon prowling SPL technical areas will likely become ever rarer.

Leigh Griffiths: A Sorry Saga

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"Sheer stupidity."

Maybe Leigh Griffiths had been fed that line in the bizarre public apology issued by Hibs today.

But it's pretty much bang on the money as a description of his behaviour in the past few weeks.

Gesturing Griffiths, the daftest laddie in the whole of Leith.

Hibs: The Victor Palsson Pattern

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So Hibs decide to say farewell to Victor Palsson, the young Icelandic player they signed from Liverpool this time last year.

Contract terminated with immediate effect.

Or contract bought out in a mutually agreeable way to free up some wages for what is, at this stage in the transfer window, a rather slow-burning rebuilding job at Easter Road.

SPL Advent: Hibs

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Hitting the halfway stage of the SPL Advent calendar. Another annus horribilis for Hibs.

Even those well versed in the grimness of the SPL might have been taken aback by the sheer scale of the despair Hibs have engendered amongst the faithful this season.

If appointing Colin Calderwood was a mistake it was an exponential error, compounded by every signing he was allowed to make and every show of support the board made.

Hibs: When Irish eyes are smiling?

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Hibs welcome Pat Fenlon as their new manager.

His task, which he's chosen to accept, involves performing miracles with a squad of Highland dancers.

He's the fifth non-Scottish manager of Hibs.

Following in the footsteps of Mixu Paatelainen, Tony Mowbray and Franck Sauzee.

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SPL: Motherwell v Hibs

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An acquaintance, for whom the glass is forever half empty, insisted to me last Sunday evening that Hibs would be in the bottom three of the SPL after the next three games.

That is mathematically possible. And this particular lover of life had, unlike me, endured the trip to Dingwall to see goalkeeper Ben Williams do a Highland fling in losing three goals and three points to Ross County.