Billy Brown remains hopeful of securing Hibs manager's job

Billy Brown
Brown hopes to succeed Colin Calderwood who was sacked earlier this month.

Hibs' caretaker boss Billy Brown hopes his bid for the manager's job at Easter Road won't be derailed by a home draw against Kilmarnock.

Manuel Pascali put the visitors in front before half-time substitute Leigh Griffiths equalised 10 minutes after the restart.

And Brown believes his side's second half performance should give an indication of his plans for the club.

"You've either got the credentials to do the job or you don't," he said.

Interview - Hibernian caretaker manager Billy Brown

"One bad performance doesn't change that.

"The problem with football, especially now that everything is seen from a short-term viewpoint, is that I knew if things went badly today everyone would say I wasn't the man for the job.

"The board have got to appoint the right man. I hope they do - and I know who it is! But I have no complaints about my time here. Everyone has supported me. I just hope that the second half is taken into consideration."

Hibs are seeking a successor to Colin Calderwood, who was sacked on 6 November after their 1-0 loss to Dunfermline.

Brown was among those interviewed for the post last week with Hibernian promising "signficant progresss" in their search for a replacement.

But the caretaker boss faced booing from the home support after a poor first half.

"I don't blame people for booing because it was really poor in the first half," he told Sportsound.

"When you pay your money and the team isn't playing well at all, which they weren't, it is understandable. But it doesn't help. We've got a lot of players here whose confidence is a bit low, and I'm trying to build them up. But I don't blame the fans, it was a poor first half.

"In view of the first half performance a point was a good result. We were poor in the first half and the confidence wasn't there. I changed it at half time and we were better second half.

"I think a draw was a fair result overall."

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