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Hibernian appoint ex-Sunderland boss Johnson as new manager

Hibernian have appointed former Sunderland and Bristol City boss Lee Johnson as their new manager on a four-year-deal.

Johnson, who spent six months as a player at Hibs' Edinburgh rivals Hearts in 2006, is replacing Shaun Maloney, who was sacked after just four months in charge in April.

Johnson also played in Scotland with Kilmarnock, where he won the League Cup in 2012 and ended his career in 2013.

The 40-year-old's most recent job was a 13-month spell in charge of Sunderland, where he won the EFL Trophy in 2021. He was sacked in January after a 6-0 defeat by Bolton.

Maloney was dismissed from Easter Road after Hibernian failed to secure a top-six finish in the league and exited the Scottish Cup semi-finals to Hearts.

Johnson will be joined by his own coaching staff, with interim manager David Gray continuing as first team coach.

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