Michael Valkanis emerges as Hibs manager candidate as coach plots Ajax exit to become main man

Michael Valkanis has emerged as a candidate on Hibs' longlist for their new head coach.

Malky Mackay, the club's new sporting director, is understood to have a number of names on his radar when it comes to replacing Nick Montgomery who was sacked last week. Mackay revealed it is a head coach, not a manager per se, that he wants to come in to do the job and Football Scotland can reveal that Ajax assistant Valkanis is being considered.

The Australian has been working as John van 't Schip's number two at the Johan Cruyff Arena since 2023 but is ready to leave the Netherlands to seek out a role as the main man.

And he's believed to fancy a crack at the Easter Road position to follow in the footsteps of Ange Postecoglou as a boss from Down Under to make their mark in Scottish football. He has a strong network from his positions in Europe.

Valkanis has previously worked with the Greek national team as their assistant boss while he had a job as manager with Hapoel Tel Aviv last year before leaving the club amid the problems in the Middle East.

It's understood Hibs have a substantial list of management prospects to work through with David Gray believed to have earned an interview for the top job having just done his fourth stint as interim.

Derek McInnes and Stephen Robinson are both now ruled out of the running with the Kilmarnock manager in particular having signed a new deal at Rugby Park.