Nick Montgomery was warned about Hibs mess – the dressing room clipes and the woeful transfer targets

Another Hibs manager has bitten the dust. A short and rather blunt statement released this morning confirmed Nick Montgomery and his coaches, Sergio Raimundo and Miguel Miranda, had been relieved of their duties.

How many managers are Hibs going to go through? Surely there has to be a realisation it isn’t always the head coach or manager who is to blame. Either the Easter Road hierarchy are completely inept at making managerial appointments or the environment they are being put into is simply not right. Jack Ross got Hibs to a level but the club and fans wanted more. Since then they have reached nowhere near those dizzy heights.

Shaun Maloney, Lee Johnson and now Montgomery all tried and failed. Montgomery arrived with a decent track record in Australia. He won the A-League with Central Coast Mariners and with one of the lowest budgets. He played attacking football and more importantly developed and sold players to Europe for big money. He ticked all the boxes. Yet the Hibs fans didn’t want any of the West Coast names that had been linked.

They wanted something different and there weren’t many moans or grumbles when Montgomery was appointed. The former Scotland under-21 cap probably could have held out for a bigger and better gig but he knew the potential of the Hibs job. He walked into it with his eyes wide open, having been warned about many things that had and still are going on behind the scenes at Easter Road.

Montgomery was aware of some elements of the Hibs dressing room, who had brought down so many managers before him and if they weren’t happy would go running straight to the hierarchy. The problem for Montgomery is he didn’t realise just how big a mess he was inheriting and what little he had to work with.

One the likes of owner Ian Gordon and chief executive Ben Kensell have overseen. Montgomery took over from Johnson and it was clear from the get-go that his predecessor had blown the budget. The Hibs hierarchy had decided to invest heavily in development players. Decent wages and fees went on this ham-fisted project.

There were even players that came into the first-team who might have looked like decent acquisitions but they were playing in leagues that were nowhere near as frantic as the Scottish Premiership. Ian Gordon and his data analysts have been heavily involved in recruitment but their success rate has been minimal at best. It has been a costly experiment by the Gordon family.

Some of the players that were being put to Montgomery from his recruitment team were a joke. There was one player who hadn’t even been playing regularly for his team in the Scottish Championship he was told he should be looking at. The manager stuck to his guns and identified his own summer targets but sadly won’t get the chance to put that plan into action.

Brian McDermott was brought in as director of football and now the club are looking to bring in a technical director but there remains too much emphasis on data analysis. When Montgomery came in and identified his squad he made it clear that the majority of these players weren’t anywhere near the level required for a first-team player at Hibs.

There was no budget for Montgomery to spend in January and he had to get players out before he got others in. Hibs still had to pay a substantial chunk of their wages while these players were out on loan. Montgomery brought in Emiliano Marcondes and Myziane Maolida on-loan. Both deals were instigated by Montgomery.

Hibs looked a lot brighter in an attacking sense but Montgomery’s downfall was his failure to strengthen his central defence. He brought in Nectarios Triantis from Sunderland but his former player struggled in Scotland.

That was the downfall for Montgomery because if he had brought in at least one quality centre half then his team would have made the top six. Instead they were denied by a stoppage time equaliser at Motherwell and that was when the Hibs board put the final nail in Montgomery’s coffin.

They then put out an ill-advised statement that served no purpose other than to appease the angry Hibs support and to put their manager under unnecessary pressure. The move left Montgomery wide open and pretty much a dead man walking.

The same players who continually under-achieve are able to hide back in the safety of their dressing room while others take the blame. Yes, the manager could have been more flexible with his tactics and results could have been better, but surely the time to judge is when he has his own team in place?

He won his first couple of games after the split but defeats to Ross County and Aberdeen proved to be the final straw. Montgomery took training for the last time on Monday. He had been thrown into the Hibs job when there had been anything but Sunshine on Leith.