Hibs chiefs and their Black Knight counterparts will conduct a full-scale review of the club's footballing operations following the team's failure to secure a top-six finish for the second time in three seasons. 

The board of directors has written an open letter to supporters in the wake of the latest disappointment for the Easter Road side, who were masters of their own downfall once again as poor game management led to Shane Blaney's injury-time leveller cancelling out Myziane Maolida's 65th-minute opener from the penalty spot. 

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There has been much speculation about the future of head coach Nick Montgomery in recent weeks and, reading between the lines of the message from the club's hierarchy, the Easter Road boss would appear to be under some pressure to oversee an upturn in results during the final five games of the campaign. 

The letter reads: "Like all Hibs supporters, we believe that a club with our stature should, as an absolute minimum, finish in the top six. Ending the season in the bottom six is simply unacceptable."

Hibs have twice lost to St Johnstone during Montgomery's reign, and on two occasions lost late goals to record 2-2 draws with Ross County from winning positions. He has overseen a win and a draw against Aberdeen, two victories over Livingston, and two draws against Motherwell. 

"In the aftermath of Saturday’s draw with Motherwell, we came together to understand what happened this season and what are the necessary steps to move the club forward. With that in mind, we will conduct a full review of the club’s football structure in conjunction with Black Knight Football Club. The review will be a comprehensive evaluation of the entire football operation to ensure we perform at the highest level."

Hibs have won just eight league matches since Montgomery's arrival, two of which have come against bottom side Livingston, and the nature of results since his appointment - which also include 12 draws and nine defeats on league duty - are addressed by the board. 

"We have also held detailed discussions with Nick Montgomery to understand what has gone wrong during the current campaign and mutually agreed that results this season have been disappointing. There’s an understanding that results need to improve," the letter continues.

"Considerable progress has been made at the club off the pitch over the last 12 months. That being said, we want to assure supporters that on-pitch progress and performance are at the forefront of our minds. We understand that this needs to be addressed urgently and the experience provided by our new partner, Black Knight Football Club, will help us improve in all areas."

The letter concludes by thanking the club's supporters for their backing throughout an 'incredibly challenging campaign.

"Lastly, we would like to thank every single one of you for your support through this incredibly challenging campaign. Your backing has been unwavering, and the club is extremely grateful. We will continue to work tirelessly to deliver results our supporters can be proud of."