BY ALAN TEMPLE – CCP_Sport
FORMER Oldham manager Dean Holden has emerged as a contender to become the next Hibernian head coach.
Easter Road chief executive Leeann Dempster and head of football operations George Craig have
Craig was managing director of Falkirk when Holden – currently assistant to Lee Johnson at Championship side Bristol City – enjoyed a spell with the Bairns between 2007 and 2009, and he remains a huge admirer of the promising coach.
Eddie May, continuing to serve as interim boss of the Hibees for Wednesday’s trip to face Celtic, was also a coach at Falkirk during Holden’s time in Scotland.
Although he has cultivated a burgeoning reputation at Ashton Gate, Holden has only held one managerial post in his career, when he stepped up from his role as No.2 at Oldham to become boss between February and May 2015, winning two of his 11 matches in charge.
Dempster and Craig have also held talks with former Barnsley and Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom.
However, Hibs sources have confirmed that discussions with candidates are only at a preliminary stage ahead of a final shortlist being
Accrington Stanley coach John Doolan, who has previously served an assistant to Alan Stubbs at Easter Road, remains very highly thought of in Leith and has also been linked with the vacancy