Paatelainen named new Hibs manager

The former Dundee United, Aberdeen, St Johnstone and St Mirren striker, who had two spells as a player with Hibernian, was presented at Easter Road on Thursday afternoon.

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Paatelainen, 40, left Finnish side TPS Turku to take the reins at Hibs, and moves into the job vacated by John Collins last month.

"I'm absolutely thrilled," said the former Finland international. "It's a dream come true.

"I want to thank Hibernian Football Club for giving me this opportunity, and I know it's a big challenge.

"I'd like to thank TPS in Finland. It was a good year for me in Finnish football after being away for so long."

Paatelainen impressively led TPS to a third-placed finish in the Finnish top flight and is determined to be a similar success in Scotland.

He will take charge of Hibernian for the first time on Saturday, when they face Inverness at home in the Scottish Cup.

He said: "It's brilliant to be here and I can't wait for Saturday and the first game, and to meet the supporters."

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