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Mixu For The Hibbies

Mixu For The Hibbies

So our Edinburgh rivals Hibs have now replaced John Collins with another former player, Mixu Paatelainen. Is he likely to turn Hibs into a force again?

It's very difficult to tell with a young manager who is relatively untested at a big club (in Scottish terms) like Hibs. Some are comparing his appointment to when Hearts brought Craig Levein
to Tynecastle as their manager straight from the lower leagues in Scotland. I can see where these comparisons come from of course (young manager, former player, managed Cowdenbeath!), but every manager is different and I'm quite sure that Mixu will be his own man - whether that's good enough to breathe new life into Hibs is anyone's guess at this stage though.

Any managerial appointment is a risk, especially when the successful candidate is as inexperienced as Paatelainen is, but all of the true greats had to start somewhere didn't they? I can remember quite a bit of triumphant gloating coming from the Hearts support when Tony Mowbray was unveiled at Easter Road. He was another manager who lacked any real experience before getting the Hibs job, but despite all the 'Tony who?' questions and 'monkey's heid'' jibes, Mowbray did a fantastic job there, and continues to carry it on at West Bromwich Albion.

Of course, for every Mowbray there is a Franck Sauzee, so it'll be interesting to see which category Mixu ends up moving towards. The one thing that he has in his favour though, is that he has no Old Firm connections whatsoever. This is always important for new managers taking over at the Edinburgh clubs, as someone who does have a connection who starts off badly is likely to get a much harder time from the supporters early on than someone who doesn't - just ask Bobby Williamson for confirmation of that!

I wonder if, by the time Mixu has been in the Hibs job as long as John Collins was, Hearts will have a new manager? Nah scratch that suggestion........I'm just being silly now!

Date:Friday January 11 2008
Time: 1:37PM


As you say, impossible to tell how he'll do. Hopefully badly, especially in derby games!
11/01/2008 15:19:00
I have a sneaky feeling he'll do quite well. I get the impression that he's pretty sensible with a useful knowledge of the game. Obviously the same can be said of Collins but without the strange arrogance which the latter showed immediately upon arrival at Easter Road. I daresay much will ultimately depend on money (or lack thereof) and who he can bring in. However, like Rudi8, I hope he's spectacularly bad on derby days.
12/01/2008 11:20:00
Well...we've only got a couple of weeks before we find out how he'll fare in a derby....
12/01/2008 12:34:00
I think a lot depends on how honest Petrie has been with him. When Levein came in to manage Hearts in the “pieman era” I’m pretty sure he was told exactly how the land lay in terms of team investment, being by necessity a selling club etc. Levein accepted this and got on with it and did very well considering the constraints. Although Hibs are not in such dire straits as Hearts were back then - they are in the business of looking after the pennies and are unlikely to spend much or hold on to exceptional players for any length of time. If Paatelainen knows and has accepted this then I agree with itsnomarooned that he could do quite well but if he hopes for more then this could be his undoing.
15/01/2008 23:47:00
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