Graeme Mathie

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Doc Shrink

Retired Radge
Fair point that. No official news of Mathies departure but there he is giving an inside scoop.

Here's the relevant bit from Ron.

"With sporting director Graeme Mathie told he can officially move on as soon as a settlement package can be agreed, the club are exploring the right model for pressing forward."
 

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Radge McRadge
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I think the first thing to say about Graeme Mathie - who seems to be the fall guy - is that he worked successfully at Hibs for a number for years, and overseen many successful signings. Some not so successful ones too, but that's transfers.

What was very different - to me - is that back then, prior to RG, there was a collective responsibility, everyone had each others back.

It seems to me that Jack Ross won't be shedding any tears over Mathie's departure. That happens in professional relationships, but it doesn't necessarily mean that the replacement will work any better. Another factor is that Hibs may change the structure, so it won't be a like for like replacement. Ross's head might be turned in the next spell, he might not be here in a year, and if we've allowed personal issues to drive how we fashion our football department, I think we will regret that.

The article, doesn't really saying anything to me - other than trashing Graeme Mathie by implication when he isn't it a position to fight back. Hibs was never like that, and that concerns me. Viz the point about people having each others back.

I think RG comes across as naive with regards to transfers. "We need to learn and not leave everything to the last minute". Let's see how that works out, and I hope he has deep pockets. There's nothing really there to see how we will do things better going forward. I hope RG is successful, and he does improve things.

"Advancing the plan to bring down the average age of the squad" - I think gives a clear indication that RG intends to increase "income" from players sales. Invest in sellable players. Putting 2 and 2 together with the furore over the failure to sell Josh Doig, I think we may say what the future holds for Hibs. Not necessarily bad either - as long as there is a succession plan for leaving players.

"it's a question right now of what we want to do with...the academy" - that will be interesting, because to me there's a gaping hole in Hibs structure with progression of youngsters. I can't see that will improve in the short term, certainly not this season.
 

joethehibby

Well-Known Radge
I think the first thing to say about Graeme Mathie - who seems to be the fall guy - is that he worked successfully at Hibs for a number for years, and overseen many successful signings. Some not so successful ones too, but that's transfers.

What was very different - to me - is that back then, prior to RG, there was a collective responsibility, everyone had each others back.

It seems to me that Jack Ross won't be shedding any tears over Mathie's departure. That happens in professional relationships, but it doesn't necessarily mean that the replacement will work any better. Another factor is that Hibs may change the structure, so it won't be a like for like replacement. Ross's head might be turned in the next spell, he might not be here in a year, and if we've allowed personal issues to drive how we fashion our football department, I think we will regret that.

The article, doesn't really saying anything to me - other than trashing Graeme Mathie by implication when he isn't it a position to fight back. Hibs was never like that, and that concerns me. Viz the point about people having each others back.

I think RG comes across as naive with regards to transfers. "We need to learn and not leave everything to the last minute". Let's see how that works out, and I hope he has deep pockets. There's nothing really there to see how we will do things better going forward. I hope RG is successful, and he does improve things.

"Advancing the plan to bring down the average age of the squad" - I think gives a clear indication that RG intends to increase "income" from players sales. Invest in sellable players. Putting 2 and 2 together with the furore over the failure to sell Josh Doig, I think we may say what the future holds for Hibs. Not necessarily bad either - as long as there is a succession plan for leaving players.

"it's a question right now of what we want to do with...the academy" - that will be interesting, because to me there's a gaping hole in Hibs structure with progression of youngsters. I can't see that will improve in the short term, certainly not this season.
Good points 👏👍
 

Greenmachine

Aulder Than The Internet This Radge
According to Moira Gordon in todays EEN: I've have taken much of the following directly from that report, i'm not able to copy direct.

Graham Mathie will not be replaced, as his former position of Sporting Director has been seen as surplus to requirements after a review of the structure of the management of the club. Instead, Ben Kensell will work closely with Jack Ross on first team matters (presumably on transfer negotiations), and a new Academy Director is about to be appointed who will oversee the running of the youth and development sector of the football department.

According to the report, the "writing was on the wall" for Mathie prior to the Winter transfer window last year, but the club's failure to land some of the manager's key targets this summer validated the decision in the minds of several club figures, and cemented the desire to go ahead with the structural shake-up. The period when Mathie took on the role as Interim Head of Academy when the Covid-19 pandemic led to stripped back staffing levels, has been used by Ron Gordon to reassess what was needed to move the club forward.

The new streamlined structure is due to be announced next week and makes the best use of the strong working relationship that has developed between Ross and Kensell, who has years of experience handling contractual matters and negotiating with clubs and agents. It is hoped the pared back structure will also allow for more agile working practises and decision making.
 
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Greenmachine

Aulder Than The Internet This Radge
A couple of other interesting points...

According to the Club Directory Ian Gordon (Ron's son) is now Head of Recruitment.

Ben Jacobs is no longer Head of Communications, it's someone called Adam Tomlinson. Ben only got appointed to that role in June from what I can recall ?...might be wrong though.

 
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Norwayhibs

Norwegian Hibs Radge
A couple of other interesting points...

According to the Club Directory Ian Gordon (Ron's son) is now Head of Recruitment.

Ben Jacobs is no longer Head of Communications, it's someone called Adam Tomlinson. Ben only got appointed to that role in June from what I can recall ?...might be wrong though.

Think adam is the guy who does the pitchside updates on instagram on matchdays, Ben was the gadgie who hosted the hibees buzz……I think
 

Greenmachine

Aulder Than The Internet This Radge
Ian Gordon was instrumental in the Charleston Battery link-up and the Chris Mueller deal.
He must be good at what he does,....I don't buy into this "well it's Ron's son so get's a top job at the club" way of thinking. It remains to be seen whether or not this significant change in the running of the club becomes successful.

Reading between the lines it looks like Ross and Mathie just couldn't work together.
 
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