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Why David Gray is 'perfect' Hibs fit as ex-teammate offers Paul Hanlon and Lewis Stevenson theory

David Gray has been described as the "perfect fit" for Hibs as former favourite Stevie Mallan urged the club to appoint him as manager.

With the Easter Road club still in the process of looking for a new boss, the man who took over as caretaker for the FOURTH time at the end of last season is believed to have a strong chance of winning the race. Gray admitted he was keen on taking over longer term after having a positive impact each time as an interim.

The 36-year-old is a club legend after serving with distinction as a player and scoring the winner in the 2016 Scottish Cup final before hanging up the boots and moving onto the coaching staff, where he has served his apprenticeship for three years now. As a result, plenty of fans would be happy to see him landed the job permanently.

However, there is an alternative view that a more experienced manager is needed for a club the size of Hibs. Mallan doesn't buy into that and reckons Gray is the ideal choice.

Speaking exclusively to Football Scotland, he said: "Honestly, I don't see why they wouldn't. Obviously the size of club everybody is going to want a big name. But as we've seen with the last four or five managers, it's not really worked. And the times that Dave has come in, he's done really well and picked up results.

"I don't know who he'd have in with him but he could potentially have someone like Darren McGregor. I would give him the chance. He's a guy that loves the club, knows how the club is run. He's been there for that long now and gone into that coaching role under some very good managers. I'd imagine he's picked up some information and bring his own points.

"So I would give him a chance. Like I say, the past four or five haven't been great so I feel like if they gave Dave a year or two to bring his own players and stuff like that he would put his points across. I feel like he would do well. I hope he would get the job, I feel he deserves it."

It's not just knowing the club that is a plus point for the midfielder, who has just left Salford City, but Scottish football as a whole. Lee Johnson and Nick Montgomery both failed in Leith after coming in without much knowledge of the game in this country.

"They need a bit of stability," added the 28-year-old. "They've brought guys in that haven't known a lot about Scottish football. With Dave he's coached here the past couple of years and he's played a lot of games, so he does know the league inside out.

"Whether he'd bring in a coach to help him, I don't know, but I feel like he's got enough. He's captained the club, he knows everyone. I feel like it could be a perfect fit. You never know, he might want to pull Lewis (Stevenson) and Paul (Hanlon) in with him, but I feel they've got a few years left before that happens."

On the subject of Stevenson and Hanlon, Mallan can't help but feel the club should have kept them around as players when there is going to be another period of transition. And he reckons Gray would also feel the same.

He added: "Personally I think if David Gray got the job a month ago he would have those two at the club 100%. So I think that decision has possibly been made from above. If Dave had the job (earlier), they two both stay.

"Everyone has said it and I will just reiterate it, the two most professional guys you will ever meet. They will very rarely miss a training session and will always bring standards.

"When there is a rebuild you kind of do want some of the old faces to keep things secure. Too many fresh faces, it never really works when you bring loads of boys in. So you want some older heads around to make sure everyone is doing the right things about the club. There still will be boys about that do that, but when I was at Hibs Lewis and Paul were the ones always make sure standards were good and making sure everyone trained well. When you see them training well, it makes you want to do that. So I feel like the club should have kept them around for another year or so until things are a bit more secure."