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Hull City target 41-year-old as managerial hunt steps up

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Hull City’s search for a new manager has taken another twist, with Hibernian’s Paul Heckingbottom the latest name on the radar, according to The Scottish Sun.

Heckingbottom joined Hibs earlier this year after Neil Lennon joined Celtic, but has had a mixed start to life in Scotland with only six wins from 14 so far – a win percentage of 42.8%.

The Tigers are in need of a new manager after Nigel Adkins decided he would not renew his current deal – Paul Warne is a name that has already been touted as a potential successor.

Former Leeds and Barnsley boss Heckingbottom, 41, enjoyed a brilliant start to his managerial career with the Tykes.

Originally appointed on a caretaker basis, he took Barnsley from the depths of League One to promotion in the same season, before defying the odds once again by finishing 14th in the Championship.

That success earned him a move to Leeds, but he disappointed in his short spell at Elland Road with only four wins from 16 games.

The Verdict

Heckingbottom has proven he is a capable manager at Championship level. He worked wonders at Barnsley but has disappointed since, which suggests that perhaps Barnsley was just a good fit for him. He knew the club well and the players and hasn’t been able to find that elsewhere, since he is less familiar with the surroundings.

He should do well at Hull. It is a difficult task to take on but should suit a manager like Heckingbottom, whose main skills are in coaching and bringing the best out of the squad at his disposal – which is vital at a club like Hull where finances are tight.

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