IT could be described as the talkSPORT school of managing a club in the Scottish Premiership.

As the football up here is Sunday League standard at best, a moronic opinion which is not restricted to that particularly ignorant radio station, success is cheaply and easily bought.

Just fill up your team with players from England’s lower leagues and you’ll be top six at least.

Mark Warburton thought it was the way forward. Alan Stubbs went down this road at St Mirren which helped to usher him out the door almost as soon as he sat down. Lee Clark was clearly a talkSPORT listener. His Kilmarnock side was filled with journeymen not good enough for the league.

The list goes on and Hibs supporters worry that Paul Heckingbottom’s will be added to it.

The Hibs manager allowed nine senior players to leave in the summer and brought in ten new faces.

Six of them came from the English lower leagues. None have suggested they will come good, although these admittedly are early days.

Their former clubs are hardly of the highest calibre.

Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers), Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers), Joe Newell (Rotherham United), Tom James (Yeovil Town), Adam Jackson (Barnsley) and Chris Maxwell (Preston North End).

As well as Hibs are run, they can’t spend millions and so won’t be shopping in the Premier League. But this is the top tier of Scottish football. We are not the Bundesliga, however, the Premiership is stronger than it’s been for a long time. To equate it with Leagues One and Two down south is ridiculous.

Marvin Bartley, one of those released by Heckingbottom, is thriving at Livingston and made the point that too many have been signed who have found out, as so many before them did, that this is not an easy league.

“It’s been a slow start, to say the least,” said Bartley. “The players know that and so does the manager.

“They have brought in a lot of boys from down south over the summer and got rid of some experienced players - like myself, Mark Milligan and even Jonathan Spector.

“There has been a big turnover and the boys who have come up to Scotland haven’t found their feet as quickly as they needed to.

“Playing in England, if you look at the Scottish league and listen to the things that are said about it then you think it’s going to be a walk in the park.

“If we can go into the Edinburgh derby and get what we want, I don’t think all will be forgiven, but it will be a great stepping stone to where we want to be.”

“They’ve had a real baptism of fire when they went to Rangers away and, after playing at Ibrox and losing 6-1, suddenly you realise this league is very competitive and there are some really good players up here.”

Scottish football isn’t perfect but it’s quick and unforgiving. If a new players doesn’t get to grips with the demands, he will quickly be found out.

When asked about the new players and their lack of adding much so far, Heckingbottom didn’t mince his words.

“They have to step up,” he said after the defeat to Kilmarnock. “They’ve all had game-time pre season and in the league and they’ll be judged on the pitch.”

Defender Ryan Porteous admitted it was time the team stopped repeating the errors which has seen them ship an incredible 16 goals in five games- with the derby coming up on Sunday.

He said: “At times on Saturday, I think we were passing it for the sake of passing it, just like two weeks ago [the 3-0 defeat to Motherwell].

“I don’t think we’ve learned from our mistakes - pretty football doesn’t win you games.

“The first half was perfect, we got into great opportunities, but just didn’t make the most of them. You can understand that at times.

“If we keep it tight at the back it then we don’t lose the game and it gives us a platform to go on. We didn’t stick to the game-plan (after Kilmarnock’s first goal) and we didn’t stick together. That’s something we need to work on.

“If we can go into the Edinburgh derby and get what we want, I don’t think all will be forgiven, but it will be a great stepping stone to where we want to be.”