Weekly Edinburgh football round-up - 07/06/16

May 24, 2017

Weekly Edinburgh football roundup

Stubbs departure

There has been a feeling of inevitability regarding the departure of the club's longest serving manager since Tony Mowbray. A 58% win rate doesn't give a full picture of the legacy that Stubbs will leave behind. Many neutrals will argue over whether his two year stint has brought success. Some will point at cup runs as a great achievement whilst others will argue that the cup performance derailed the main goal for the board. However, speak to any 
hibs fan and they will happily swap a further spell visiting the back waters of Scottish football for that sunny day in May two weeks ago.

It is natural as a rival supporter to focus on the league failings but Stubbs legacy can be likened to that of Paulo Sergio. It is fair to say we were a very inconsistent league side but Sergio was able to attain a legendary status due to the cup exploits against both Celtic & Hibs.

Obviously that goodwill may be affected if hibs do not earn promotion for a third successive year and a case might be made that Stubbs risked the long term vision of the club to chase a ticket back down south through cup glory but that is a discussion for another time IF and when it happens.

His gesture to auction his cup winning medal should also be noted and is a great way to sign off on his first managerial post.  

Stubbs was able to install a competitive spirit back in the playing staff which was at its most notable during the derby matches. He will leave the club in a good shape for the next manager to build on for next season.

Hearts transfer rumour mill

It is fair to say that the club have done a decent job with making left field signings and keeping signing talks under wraps. This ties in with the club's marketing strategy during the summer to drip feed good news around season ticket deadlines.

The downside to this is the vacuum that the lack of information brings which leads to speculation on various social media outlets.

The rumours so far suggest that Matt Gilks, faycal rherras & Connor Sammon will be  announced during the next few days.

Thankfully the club sells itself off the back of two successful seasons as the potential new signings are proving to generate a lot debate amongst online forums.

I would like to think that all the assumptions being made is down to a lack of talking points during the close season and people waiting on Euro 2016 to start but it is sad to see the negative reaction to some of the proposed moves.

Gilks at 33 offers international experience along with many years playing at a good level down south. Given the average age of our defensive options it is vital to get a good communicator like Alexander which I'm sure gilks will offer.

Left wing back Rherras is an unknown quantity. Like previous left field signings from abroad we can only make educated guesses on his ability based on why scout videos. As always there is a sense of apprehension in these cases due to being stung in the past. Look at dauda as an example. His quality was there for all to see but the one thing you cannot see on the popular you tube videos is whether the player will suit Scottish football. The positive aspects to take from the video would be that Rherras looks like an athlete who offers pace which I felt we lacked in certain areas last season and also looks comfortable playing in a number of positions which is vital when trying to work with a squad aiming for quality not quantity.

The most divisive signing target is the incoming Sammon off the back of a underwhelming spell in England. One thing to stress is that Sammon is not the Kevin Kyle type player some are hoping for. His aerial ability is average at best. What he brings is hard work and works best playing the channels and has a decent turn of pace for his size. Yes he is not the complete player but alongside another new striker will complement the team well.

It is vital that the fans give all new players their backing and judge them based on their performances in maroon.