Malky Mackay breaks silence on Hibs backlash as he asks fans 'judge me on the job I do'

Malky Mackay has responded to the backlash to his Hibs appointment and asked fans 'judge me on who I am today'.

The 52-year-old was yesterday confirmed as the Easter Road side's new sporting director after being identified following a full club review into the footballing department. The sacked Ross County manager comes with baggage after being found to have sent offensive text messages when Cardiff City manager.

That meant landing a job at the Hibees proved controversial and ultras group Block Seven made their feelings known yesterday, insisting Mackay had "no place" at their club. Hibs Pride and Hibernian Women Supporters Alliance also put out similar statements making clear their opposition to the appointment.

The club have now put out an interview with their new man as he addressed the backlash. And he asked supporters to judge him on the job he does for their club.

Mackay told Hibs TV: "I completely understand everyone has points of view. What I would say is that to really judge me on the person I am and you see going forward for Hibernian Football Club.

"I've been in football for 30 years but in Scotland for seven years, four years at the Scottish FA and nearly three at Ross County. I've got such a passion for our game and for the club I work for and the national association I was with, that I would like people to judge me for the person they meet, they see, that I am for their football club.

"I'm proud and privileged to work for Hibernian Football Club and that being the case I'm determined to do everything I can to make sure we have success. They'll see someone that is driven and wanting to do the best for their club."