Paul Heckingbottom is set for a return to management with Scottish Premiership side Hibernian.

The 41-year-old is in talks to replace Neil Lennon at Easter Road, as per the Edinburgh News.

Heckingbottom gained a degree in Sports Coaching from Leeds Beckett University after retiring from playing before joining the Barnsley coaching staff.

He was promoted to caretaker manager in both 2015 and 2016 and in the latter spell he won the Football League Trophy and the League One Play-Offs with the Tykes.

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He bagged the Barnsley job on a permanent deal and guided them to an impressive 9th position in the Championship in the 2016/17 season. He was then lured away from Oakwell by Leeds United in February 2018.

He did a great job with Barnsley, firstly getting them promoted and then getting them in the top half in the Championship. He especially did well developing their young players and signed talent from the lower leagues.

However, Heckingbottom’s time at Leeds was short lived and he was sacked after four wins in 16 games and replaced by Marcelo Bielsa. Some saw his dismissal as harsh but it appears to have worked out for the Whites.

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He now looks set for a return to the dugout with Hibernian which will be an interesting proposition for him. They are currently 7th in the league after eight wins from 24 matches.


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