Hibs interview Billy Brown for manager's post

Caretaker boss Billy Brown has confirmed that he has been interviewed for the managerial vacancy at Hibs.

Brown, who was brought in to assist the recently sacked Colin Calderwood in mid-September, will be in charge for Saturday's match with Kilmarnock.

"I have been interviewed and I am on the shortlist and I want the job," said the former Hearts assistant manager.

Pat Fenlon and Michael O'Neill have both been strongly linked with the post at Easter Road.

Earlier on Thursday, Hibernian said that "significant progress" has been made on their search for a new manager.

A statement on the club website revealed that a shortlist of candidates has been drawn up after over 90 applications for the post were received.

And on the process of choosing a replacement for Calderwood, Hibs say they will "continue to take a wide circle of counsel and reference on the candidates from senior figures within the game".

Musselburgh-born Brown would become a manager in his own right for the first time at the age of 60 should he be given the job.

"I've no idea how it went," said Brown of his interview. "I felt all right about it.

"I've served a hell of an apprenticeship," he added, referring to his career assisting Jim Jefferies for 23 years at Falkirk, Hearts (twice), Bradford and Kilmarnock.

"I've waited long and hard to be in the frame for a big job, because I never, ever wanted to take a job that was less than the one I had.

"But this is bigger and that's why I want it."

Bohemians manager Fenlon was due to meet the board of his current club on Wednesday to discuss his position.

Fenlon, 42, has a year left to run on his contract, which contains a clause that no compensation would be due should he leave at any time.

Meanwhile, contract talks between O'Neill and Shamrock Rovers have stalled, BBC Scotland has learned.

It is understood that compensation would not be an issue should Hibs pursue their former player as he has only two games left under his current contract, against Rubin Kazan and Tottenham in the Europa League.

Fenlon swiftly became the bookies' favourite on Tuesday.

He has been in charge of Bohemians since 2007 and was close to becoming Dundee United manager in January 2010.

Shamrock Rovers manager Michael O'Neill
Shamrock Rovers boss O'Neill played for Hibs in the mid-1990s

However, compensation could not be agreed between the clubs, there was a similar obstacle when Kilmarnock expressed an interest in Fenlon that summer and he was quoted in December as being interested in becoming Motherwell manager, the position eventually going to Stuart McCall.

Fenlon led Bohemians to the League of Ireland and FAI Cup double in his first season and retained the title the following season.

However, this season they finished fifth as O'Neill's side retained the title for the second year running.

Unlike Fenlon, the 42-year-old O'Neill has experience of Scottish football.

Hibs were just one of his clubs during a nomadic career that led him to also play in midfield for Newcastle United, Dundee United, Coventry City, Aberdeen, Wigan Athletic, St Johnstone, Portland Timbers, Clydebank and Ayr United.

Having started his management career with Brechin City, the Northern Ireland international moved to Tallaght Stadium in 2009 and led the Hoops to second place behind Bohemians that season before going one better the following two terms.

On Tuesday, St Mirren manager and former Hibs player Danny Lennon denied that he had been interviewed for the post, saying: "I deny 100% any suggestion that I have been interviewed by Hibs.

"I am committed to St Mirren and have a big job to do at Paisley.

"I have not spoken at all to Hibs. In fact, I am in talks about extending my deal at Saints."

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