JACK ROSS has said he is ‘proud’ to be named the new Hibernian manager.

The former St Mirren boss has been brought in following the sacking of Paul Heckingbottom last week after a poor start to the campaign.

The 43-year-old was named PFA Manager of the Year in 2018 after helping St Mirren win the Championship.

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He said: “I’m proud to have been named head coach of Hibernian Football Club.

“I think we all consider Hibernian to be one of the leading clubs in Scottish football – in terms of the history and passion of the supporters.

“It’s up to all of us to help the squad live up to that.

“We have some talented players, underpinned by a successful academy, and I’ll do everything I can to make sure we’re able to help every player fulfil his potential.”

Hibs executive chairman Ron Gordon has stated he believes the club will have a bright future with Ross.

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He said: “We are really excited to have secured the services of Jack.

“Leeann (Dempster) and Graeme (Mathie) led a thorough recruitment process that unearthed some outstanding candidates but, in the end, the verdict was unanimous.

“We look forward to seeing what Jack brings to the Hibernian Training Centre and Easter Road Stadium as part of the team who will strive towards achieving our sporting goals.”

Ross will have first official match as manager next weekend when Hibs take on Motherwell at Easter Road.