Nick Montgomery doesn't fear for Hibs job as he responds to ultras protest

Hibs boss Nick Montgomery
Hibs boss Nick Montgomery -Credit:SNS Group

Nick Montgomery insists he's confident he still has the trust of the Hibs board despite crashing to another dismal defeat.

The Hibees plummeted down to ninth in the table as Aberdeen cruised to an emphatic 4-0 victory at Easter Road - their biggest victory in Leith in 30 years. Club chiefs vowed to carry out a full scale review of the club's football structure in the wake of being consigned to a bottom six finish last month. And with pressure mounting on Montgomery, the Hibees boss remains confident he'll still be in charge next season.

He told BBC Scotland: "I'm confident because when I came to the club, that's what we spoke about. Getting through this season, trying to reach the targets but also knowing that the club's in a transition. There's a Black Knight investment moving forward, but that's something for the future. Unless something has changed, the plan was always to rebuild. Nothing's changed since that statement has come out."

Fans vented their fury at Monty's flops at full-time, with the club's ultras staging a sit-in protest after the game as they refused to leave the stadium.

He added: "This isn't an easy place to play and the fans vent their frustrations which they've done a lot over the last couple of seasons. It's difficult and that's when you need your players to show courage and continue to get on the ball and try and get back into the game. But we didn't do that and that's why the second-half was frustrating.

"If your an opposition team coming here and you feel that energy going towards the home team then it can you give you a lift. They started to play football after that when they were 2-0 up because before that they didn't really cause us much of a threat."

"It's not easy to walk around. I made a point about culture. No matter what happens, the players go over and clap the fans. When we win they are happy, when we don't win they aren't. It's disappointing when you lose and fans go out of the stand but that happens all over the world.

"It's not something you want to see. It's difficult. That's when you have to stay strong. For the players, I made a big point that no matter what happens, you go and clap the fans because they've come to support you today and you've let them down. We let them down today and it's a difficult result."