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After defeat to Motherwell yesterday this very odd man said…
“There are aspects of the game I enjoyed. Problems are there to be solved so that’s what I’m looking forward to doing.”
On Tuesday night after Hibs went out to a team two leagues below the odd bod Calderwood commented…
“We had so many good opportunities, the goalkeeper’s had a number of good saves, we’ve had efforts cleared from the line and I think they defended their goal excellently.
He has so far won 2 out of 15 games.
Being, at best, an armchair fan I have not seen him in action but I am told he stands impassively, hands in pockets, barely involving himself in games and certainly not leaping about like the madman Yogi Hughes had become.
It all just seems like he’s going through the motions.
Remarkably he claims to be “really enjoying it” at Easter Road.
Inevitably, the fans’ ire tends to turn to the manager or the Chairman in these sorts of situation. And Rod Petrie’s extended honeymoon is certainly looking to be over at this moment in time.
The sale of Stokes and Bamba appears to be hitting home now and our lack of action in the transfer market is becoming notable. I’m a great admirer of what Petrie has acheived at Easter Road but it feels like he has made an extraordinarily bad appointment in Colin Calderwood and his earlier reputation for canniness is in danger of becoming one for penny pinching (for which I am told he has a strong internal reputation.)
Lastly, of course, there’s the team itself; some say it is a shadow of its former self, one of the worst to have played for Hibs in many years (if not ever), but I saw Zemamma, Miller, Riordan, Wotherspoon, Murray, Stack and McBride (all in the squad yesterday) play Dundee Utd on 3rd October 2009 and destroy them before drawing 1 -1.
At that point the table looked like this…
A month later it looked even better…
And even by mid January Hibs (with this team) were in touch with the top, so my contention is not that it is the players themselves that are poor but the way in which they are applying themselves.
It feels to me that there is a cancer somewhere in Easter Road that is permeating the team and turning good players into bad. Yogi lost them, and Calderwood has never had them bar one freak night against Rangers.
It needs sorted, and quick.
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And so, we approach Christmas.
Hibs sit within touching distance of the top of the league. Of course all will be nought should tRangers take the spoils on the 27th - but the fact remains that John Hughes has made a transformation at Easter Road. The big difference is not losing to the likes of Hamilton (apart from Hamilton) having raised our game the week before against the Old Firm and Hearts (we lost to Celtic and only drew with Rangers and Hearts).
Hibs aren’t even playing that well. But what we are witnessing is a remarkable manager in his element.
Why is he remarkable? Because he has done what others couldn’t; strung results together, brought the changing room together, got great performances out of mercurial talent (Zemmama specifically) and made good signings (Stack, Millar and Stokes).
He has a good team, which is astonishing in itself given the transfer activity at the slope, but needs must and Petrie has done a great job in steadying the ship and now, hopefully, the club will continue to invest sensibly on the pitch (see Stokes for evidence).
I am, once again, proud to be a Hibby (I always was actually) and look forward to the second part of the season with anticipation.
OK, the league and cup double may only be a dream, but it is NOT an impossibility.
Thank you John Hughes. You are a magician and everyone who follows Hibs owes you a great deal.
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I am told very few teams have had a double hit in the Soccer AM Crossbar Challenge. But then, very few teams are Hibernian FC.
Hearts may have had the opportunity, but they’ve all been suspended.
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It’s a good day at Easter Road.
It seems we have hired who I have long thought might be Hibs follow up to Mozza (Tony Mowbray).
A manger who cares and who has a football brain. I now expect a much better season from Hibs but the absolute key must be about holding focus against the lower teams. Yogi needs to teach Hibs that although beating Celtic, Rangers and Hearts is good, beating Hamilton, St Mirren, Motherwell, Aberdeen, Kilmarnock, et al is much, much more important.
Only one problem. In seeking decent images of Yogi Onliner…this was the only good one I could find.
Ach well, we set them up anyway.
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It seems that Hibs have done a deal with 118 118, the telephone directory people, for them to sponsor our shirt.
The deal is certain to kick in in ten years time.
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That’s the old gag and phoenetic translation of Hibees’ new manager’s name; Mixu Paatelainen. But I tell you what, new manager or not, I’d not be rushing to bet on Hibs putting Inverness Caley Thistle out of the cup this afternoon. I hope these are non-prophetic words. But time will tell.
Hibs 1 Thistle 1
Thistle 2 Hibs 0
Will Thistle win the cup? Will they buggery.
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We wept when Murray went to Rangers.
We sighed as O’Connor headed to Moscow
We groaned as Caldwell went to Celtic
We swore when Riordan went to Celtic too.
We moaned when Brown went to Celtic an a’.
We shrieked when Killen followed the flock to Celtic .
We despaired when Thomson went to Rangers.
We couldn’t believe it when Whittaker followed him.
We smiled though when Stewart went back to Hearts.
We grimaced when Sproule schlepped off somewhere that I can’t recall.
And then we huffed when Mowbray took off to WBA…
So there was only one thing for it.
Kick the lot of their arses.
We’re unbeaten nine league games into the season.
We’ve got no more debt.
We’re about to build a new stand.
Rob Petrie and JC Walk on water and here’s the proof if proof is needed.
OK, Celtic’s lucky victory (once again) against Gretna has slightly distorted the above. But it’s staying right here…