HIBERNIAN will appoint Jack Ross as Paul Heckingbottom's successor within the next 24 hours.

The former Alloa, St Mirren and Sunderland manager will be unveiled later today as the new Hibs manager.

The 43-year-old was sacked by Sunderland last month and is reportedly finalising terms on his contract with the Leith club.

Hibernian are currently eighth in the Scottish Premiership, with just two league wins to their name this season – the second of which arrived in their previous fixture once Heckingbottom had been sacked, a 4-1 win over St Johnstone.

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Heckingbottom was dismissed from his post 10 days ago with the club sitting in tenth place. 

Ross' first coaching job came at Dumbarton where he served as assistant manager before joining Hearts' coaching team.

He then took the step up to first-team management in December 2015 at Alloa, with the club ultimately being relegated from the Championship.

He joined St Mirren midway through the following season and guided the Paisley club to survival in Scotland's second tier before winning the league title the following season.

A move to Sunderland followed, where his side were eventually overcome by Charlton in the League One play-off final before he was dismissed with the club in sixth place in England's third tier.