Ian Murray Hibs manager chances assessed as Raith Rovers chief 'embraces' interest

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Raith Rovers chief Andy Barrowman reckons Ian Murray has earned admirers as he continues to be linked with a move to Hibs.

The manager helped guide his side to the Premiership playoff final where they would ultimately be bested by Ross County, but the Stark's Park outfit did finish second in the Championship only to winners Dundee United. It was an impressive campaign for the club and Barrowman, their sporting director, feels Murray has worked wonders with the team and deserves the credit.

Hibs, who sacked Nick Montgomery back in May, are still on the lookout for a new head coach and have Malky Mackay searching for their new boss. But while Murray has been linked with the role, Barrowman was quick to point out there's not been any approach from Easter Road yet.

"I’ve got no reason to think otherwise," Barrowman told the Fife Free Press when asked if he expects Murray to be in the Rovers dugout for the start of next season. "When you do well, it’s no different from players. When a team performs well then your players, your management, your coaching staff, are going to attract attention. That’s par for the course, we embrace that, we don’t shy away from that.

"It means that we’re going to benefit in the short term. What’s to be will be, whether it’s now, a year down the line or five years down the line, we can’t affect that.

"We can only affect what we’ve got now. As you can see from our early recruitment work and the rest, everything’s going well for us.

“There’s been no contact from Hibernian to Raith Rovers and I don’t expect that to change. I think Ian is being linked with big jobs because of our performances on the pitch, where we finished in the league table, the lovely brand of football that we played.

"I think all of these things are very evident to anyone that’s watching or a fan of football. We’ve got good players that Ian’s fortunate to manage. But he certainly brings an ethos, a way of playing that’s attractive to watch.”

Football Scotland understands Hibs HAVE already begun the interview process to find their new man in charge and interim David Gray remains in contention.