Nick Montgomery named Hibernian head coach on three-year contract | Football news

New Hibernian head coach Nick Montgomery wants to “bring success back” to Easter Road after agreeing a three-year deal.

He comes from Australian club Central Coast Mariners, where he won the A-League title this year, and will take charge of his first match on Saturday at Kilmarnock.

The 41-year-old was at the top of Hibs’ shortlist and replaces Lee Johnson, who was sacked last month following a 3-2 Scottish Premiership defeat at home to Livingston.

He arrives with Sergio Raimundo as assistant head coach and Miguel de Oliveira Miranda, who is the club’s new goalkeeping coach, while David Gray remains first team coach.

Montgomery has already laid out his vision as he seeks to make an impact in the capital.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Hibernian's new manager Nick Montgomery during a Hibernian press conference at the Hibernian Training Center on September 11, 2023 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  (Photo by Paul Devlin / SNS Group)
Montgomery has signed a three-year contract as Hibs head coach

“My long-term goal is to hopefully bring success back to the club because it’s been a while, but it’s not easy,” he said. Sky Sports News.

“I’m going to come here and work hard. I think the team is really good, really talented, so I’m really looking forward to working with them.

“Success is a team that competes in every game and every time you walk on that pitch in that Hibs jersey and that Hibs badge you wear it with pride and then you go out and compete and give the fans a team they can root for identify yourself.

“I understand how important football is to the community, to the funds and not coming on the weekend or midweek when it’s not just coming to watch your team, but being excited to come and watch your team and I hope I can bring that to the Fans.

David Gray will remain first team coach
David Gray will remain first team coach

“I really want to give them a team they can be proud of.

“The show of faith from the club to give me a three-year contract, there are no guarantees on anything.

“I took this opportunity because I really believed in it and I believed in the project.

“I spent 15 years in a club, 11 years and counting so I’m not someone who moves around a lot.”

“A leading manager”

Montgomery won the A-League title with the Central Coast Mariners last season

Hibernian Director of Football Brian McDermott said: “We are delighted to welcome Nick to Hibernian FC and are really excited to bring him to the football club.

“I have followed Nick’s career for several years. As a player he was a leader and he brought that quality into his managerial and coaching career. What he has done as a coach is truly impressive .

“He has helped rebuild what is now a successful academy and has done a magnificent job training and developing young players. Alongside this, he has incredibly strong coaching credentials.

Nick Montgomery (right) made two appearances for the Scotland under-21 team
Montgomery (right) made two appearances for the Scotland under-21 team

“Ian (Gordon) Ben (Kensell), the board, and I think Nick is the ideal person for this football club. He has a very strong and distinctive style of play, he is a top manager , and what he achieved at the Central Coast Mariners last season was phenomenal.

“He created a strong relationship and camaraderie between supporters, players and staff, and was an excellent manager who saw him get the best out of the players he worked with.

“Everyone has embraced him as a person and as a coach. We look forward to working with him and bringing success to this fantastic football club.”

Hibernian’s next matches

  • Saturday: Kilmarnock (a) – Scottish Premiership
  • September 23: St Johnstone (h) – Scottish Premiership
  • September 27: St Mirren (h) – League Cup quarter-final
  • September 30: Dundee (h) – Scottish Premiership
  • October 7: Hearts (a) – Scottish Premiership

Who is Nick Montgomery?

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Hibernian CEO Ben Kensell and Executive Director Ian Gordon on the appointment of new head coach Nick Montgomery

He began his playing career at Sheffield United where he made 349 appearances for the Blades, including in the Premier League.

The midfielder joined the Central Coast Mariners ahead of the 2012/13 season and helped the club win their first A-League championship.

After over 500 appearances across all his clubs, he finally hung up his boots in 2018 and joined the Australian club’s coaching staff, transforming the Central Coast Mariners Academy into one of the best in Asia.

Montgomery rose through the ranks to assistant coach and then academy head coach – where he secured the Premiership/Championship double before being appointed head coach of the A-League club.

Alongside Raimundo, he led the Central Coast Mariners to fifth place in their debut campaign and sold Mark Birighitti and Kye Rowles to the Scottish Premiership.

The following season, his team scored the most goals in a single season in the club’s history, finished second and secured a place in the Asian Football Confederation Cup.

Montgomery’s side finished the final as A-League champions, scoring 10 goals in three matches while only conceding twice.

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