Hibs are closing in on the appointment of David Gray as the club's new head coach. 

The legendary Scottish Cup-winning captain is now understood to have been offered the chance to succeed Nick Montgomery at Easter Road. Gray is set to take the top job after four separate stints as caretaker manager, including on two occasions last season.

Gray, 36, was high on the list of candidates assembled in the wake of Montgomery's departure, and as he progressed onto the final shortlist, made it clear that he felt ready to lead the club into next season. Forever revered among supporters for the goal that ended the club's 114-year wait to lift the Scottish Cup, Gray is now close to starting a new chapter in an already storied Hibs career.

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If and when the appointment is finalised, the former right-back will work under new sporting director Malky Mackay, who officially stepped into his role on June 1, and led the process in identifying Montgomery's successor. Gray would become Hibs' sixth permanent dugout appointment since 2019. Paul Heckingbottom, Jack Ross, Shaun Maloney, Lee Johnson and, most recently, Montgomery have all been relieved of their duties over a period of constant upheaval, and the task now facing the new man is to put an end to that turbulence.

Foisted back into the caretaker role on the same day Montgomery was sacked, Gray rounded off a dismal season for those of a green and white persuasion by recording a win against Motherwell, and a draw at Livingston. Reluctant as he was to publicly tout himself for a full-time position, Gray did state plainly that he fully believed in his ability to do the job.

"I believe I can do it," he said. "I’ve demonstrated I can. Ultimately it’s what the club want to do moving forward. If they feel I’m ready to do it and they want me to do it then that’s a decision they can make. Until that day comes I will continue to do the best for this club every single day.”