'True honour' - Ex-Preston North End and Plymouth Argyle man lands first manager's job

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He had four spells in charge as interim boss at Easter Road

Former Preston North End defender David Gray has been appointed Hibernian head coach on a four year contract.

Nick Montgomery was relieved of his duties at Easter Road in mid-May and Gary stepped in for his fourth stint as interim boss. Now though, Gray has been handed the role full time after impressing the powers that be.

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It is the 36-year-old’s first job in full time management, having retired from playing in June 2021. Gray worked as a coach under Jack Ross, Shaun Maloney, Lee Johnson and Montgomery. His 12 games as caretaker yielded five wins, three draws and four defeats.

He said: "It is a real privilege for me to become the head coach of this great football club. Everyone knows how much Hibs means to me. It is a massive club with a phenomenal fanbase, that I know very well.

“So, to be given this opportunity is a true honour. From being here as a player and a coach for over 10 years, I know what a successful Hibs team looks like and I am determined to succeed and take our club forward."

Gray spent time at Deepdale from 2010 to 2012 - signed by Darren Ferguson from Manchester United. He played 52 times for the Lilywhites and eventually moved on to Stevenage, before a stint at Burton Albion. Hibernian then swooped in for him and he went on to captain them to a first Scottish Cup win in 114 years, playing more than 170 games.

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