Hibs have today confirmed that manager Neil Lennon and no.2 Garry Parker have left the club.
The saga has been going on for days, after a reported dressing-room bust-up, with Lennon and Parker being suspended by the club before Sunday's win over St Mirren in Paisley.
The club and both Lennon and Parker have released the following joint statement:
The management team of Neil Lennon and Garry Parker has left the club by mutual consent.
They have not been dismissed and have not resigned.
The suspension, put in place to allow an internal review, was lifted by the club as part of this agreement. Despite widespread speculation, the club confirms that neither Neil nor Garry has been guilty of any misconduct or wrongdoing and no disciplinary process has been commenced.
However, Neil, Garry, and the club now consider that it would be in the best interests of all parties to part amicably.
The club would like to place on notice its thanks to both Neil and Garry for their hard work and the success they have brought the club. Their period in charge has seen the club:
- restored to the top flight,
- reach the top 4 with a record points total,
- qualify for Europe,
- have their record season ticket sales since 1958
Neil and Garry would like to thank the club for having faith in them when they were appointed in 2016 and for their support over two and a half years. They would like to thank their players for their hard work and dedication and finally, the fans for their loyalty and support over their tenure.
Rod Petrie, Chairman said: “We are grateful to Neil and Garry for all their efforts and in particular for leading the club back to the top flight of Scottish football. We wish nothing but the best for Neil and Garry and their families for the future.”
Neil Lennon said: “I would like to thank the board, the coaching staff, the players and all the fans for making the last two and a half years so enjoyable. It has been my privilege to serve the club and I wish it every success in the future.”
A sad end to an excellent period for the club, but no-one is bigger than Hibernian FC and we have to move quickly to replace the management team.
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