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David Gray next Hibs manager credentials debated as former stars disagree and 'bigger name' argument thrown in

David Gray looks to be the favourite to land the Hibs job permanently but it appears to be one that is dividing opinion.

Similar to when Aberdeen plumped for Barry Robson and Hearts appointed Steven Naismith, there are some who worry the position is too big for a rookie coach. On the other hand, Gray is a Hibees legend who knows the club inside out having been a player and coach, and has stabilised things as an interim boss on no fewer than four occasions.

Former Easter Road striker Tam McManus is of the belief that will stand him in good stead and now that Derek McInnes has signed a new Kilmarnock contract, sees him as the man for the job. On top of Gray's credentials, he feels it's time for Hibs to look closer to home for a boss and also having Malky Mackay has sporting director lends towards having a younger head coach.

Discussing McInnes' deal, he told PLZ Soccer: "I think the Hibs supporters will be disappointed because I think the large majority would have wanted Derek in at Easter Road. I think David is the favourite now. Derek signing a new contract has ruled him out, Stephen Robinson I believe has ruled himself out, Neil (Lennon) has gone to Romania.

"I don't think Hibs are going to go down the route of England again. They went down that route with a young coach with Shaun Maloney, Lee Johnson played and coached in England, Nick Montgomery didn't know Scottish football.

"I think they're going to look in-house and David Gray has been in the hotseat three or four times now, knows the club. I think he'll get a bit of leeway with the supporters because he's a club legend. I think he's ready for it. He's not experienced in terms of games coached but he's experienced in terms of knowing Hibs, the staff and behind the scenes. So I think David is big favourite to get the job.

"I think it's perfect for a young coach to look up and see Malky there as a sounding board. Whenever things are going right or wrong. Maybe someone like Darren McGregor could go in and help him as well, they are close. So I think everything is aligned for David to take the job long-term now. "

But another former Hibee, ex-goalkeeper Alan Rough, took the opposite view and reckons both fans and new investor Bill Foley will be after a bigger name.

"I'm not so sure about that one," he chimed in. "I think the owners at Bournemouth will be expecting a bit more than that, a bigger name. I know he'll get the respect from the Hibs supporters, he's a legend there. I think he will be there or thereabouts but I just think the Hibs supporters want something bigger than that."