Hibernian need manager stability, feels Paatelainen

Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon
Fenlon joined Hibs in November from Irish club Bohemians

Former Hibernian boss Mixu Paatelainen feels the club may be suffering from a lack of continuity at the helm.

Hibs are second-bottom of the Scottish Premier League and have only managed to take one point from five matches under new boss Pat Fenlon.

"There have been too many changes for my liking," Paatelainen told BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound programme.

"It doesn't help when so many managers have left the club in such a short space of time."

Finn Paatelainen left the Edinburgh club by mutual consent in May 2009 after around 17 months in charge, before moving to SPL rivals Kilmarnock where he was voted the league's manager of the year.

Since then, John Hughes and Colin Calderwood have also departed the Hibs hot-seat in similar circumstances.

Fenlon arrived from Irish club Bohemians in November but is still trying to get his first win under his belt, and suffered his first derby defeat 3-1 to Hearts on 2 January.

Paatelainen, who is now managing the Finland national team, believes the new man needs time to get things back on track at Easter Road.

"There's always new managers coming in (at Hibernian) and he might not like some players and want to change them," said Paatelainen.

"Sometimes when a new manager comes in you get an instant lift, but sometimes when a man comes in with very strong ideas players might not be able perform to their abilities.

"The target for Hibs this season to stay up.

"Then in the summer it's much easier for Pat to bring in players he wants and for him to develop how he wants to play.

"It's the attacking play at Hibs that worries me.

"Possibly the quality of player for every position in the team is not up to the standard."

Former Motherwell and Derby County boss Billy Davies - who was coy when asked whether he was approached about the Hibs job - agreed that Fenlon must be given a decent chance in the post.

"It's very difficult to take over at a club mid-season, because the pre-season is critical to developing a plan for how you want to play," said Davies, who is currently unemployed after leaving Nottingham Forest.

"It's difficult to pick up the pieces, put in his new ideas and try and change some players.

"He needs the time to put in his own plan - both on and off the pitch.

"He'll already have spoken to the board, and hopefully Pat will get what is promised to him.

"The manager needs the Hibs fans to get behind them and he needs the people at the club to give him support and patience.

"There are no short-term fixes in football."

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