Bolton Wanderers approach Hibs to speak to manager John Collins!!

Last updated : 21 October 2007 By Steve Forbes

understands that English Premiership side BOLTON WANDERERS have approached Hibs chairman Rod Petrie seeking permission to speak to manager John Collins.

We also understand that
Bolton chief Phil Gartside contacted Hibs chairman Rod Petrie on Thursday about Collins' availability.

Bolton have only just parted company with Sammy Lee after only a few months in the job, after he replaced Sam Allardyce who went on to manage Newcastle United.

Collins is thought to be on a shortlist of six candidates for the Trotters job, this includes Paul Jewell, Chris Coleman, Gary Megson, Glen Hoddle and Peter Reid.

Gartside is thought to want Gary Megson as his first choice, but Collins, 39, could come under the spotlight if the Premiership side fail to get their man.

Hibs manager Collins and assistant Tommy Craig only took over at Easter Road 12 months ago, after the departure of then boss Tony Mowbray to Championship side
West Brom.

Collins delivered Hibs first piece of silverware in 16 years last season when the Hibees lifted the Scottish League Cup at Hampden in March, in front of 30,000 ecstatic Hibs supporters.

He has also lead Hibs to a super-charged start to the season, having only lost one game, yesterday at Fir park in controversial style, having started the season unbeaten in NINE league games, this included wins over Hearts at Tynecastle, Rangers at Ibrox and Celtic at Easter Road.

Collins only last week turned down the QPR job, vowing not to break his contract at Easter Road, although this claim could now come under pressure if the bright lights of the English Premiership come calling.

The club and the support will be hoping we can hold on to our gifted manager, especially one who has only been in charge 12 months!!!

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