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Hibernian chairman says sorry to fans that Calderwood did not work

Hibernian chairman Rod Petrie has apologised to supporters for even appointing Colin Calderwood in the first place.

The former Scotland defender was relieved of his duties at Easter Road after just 12 months in the role and Petrie has said sorry for the partnership not working out whilst revealing that the club had taken over 40 applications for the vacancy which is currently being filled by caretaker manager Billy Brown.

"On Sunday, the board decided Colin was no longer the man to take the club forward and he was relieved of his duties later that day," Petrie said.

"I can't fault the commitment of Colin but his demeanour and the way he spoke did alienate some people.

"The club gave Colin every chance to succeed but when it came to a point, the board acted decisively.

"I am sorry the appointment of Colin was not a success.

"The manager has the authority and the economy to make the footballing decisions at the club.

"There is no interference from our point, just support. The player budget is his and his alone.

"We back the manager just as we backed previous managers.

"Billy Brown has taken temporary charge of the team and the recruitment of the new manager is under way. As of 5pm, we had over 40 applicants for the job."

Hibs are now on the hunt for their ninth full-time manager in ten years.

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