New Hibs manager Collins vows to make his mark

November 1, 2006

New Hibernian manager John Collins has vowed to solve the Easter Road side's disciplinary problems by putting his own stamp on the young team he has inherited.

Collins has been an interested spectator of Hibs matches in recent weeks and watched his old team fall foul of referee Kenny Clark in Monday night's 2-1 defeat to Aberdeen.

Less than 24 hours before he was officially unveiled as Tony Mowbray's successor Collins saw striker Chris Killen red-carded for the second time this season and another five players booked in an ill-disciplined display at Pittodrie.

Interim manager John Park called for Collins to sort out the apparent petulance within the squad and the former Celtic and Scotland midfielder is ready to do just that by getting the players to concentrate their efforts on positive aspects of their game.

He said: 'Aggression is a must-have but it's always got to be controlled. When it's not controlled then you run into problems.

'On Monday night a few of the boys maybe channelled their aggression the wrong way and that's something we'll hopefully put right in the coming days.

'I would like to think the team would be a reflection of how I played the game.

'Everybody knows what my beliefs are. The ball's round, it's meant to roll, you start at the back and go through the midfield, with lots of movement.

'There's lots of other attributes you need to be a good football player in a football team - aggression, passion, commitment - and without those you don't become a good football player and you don't have a good football team.

'Hopefully that's what we'll be striving to get in the players and, of course, to win matches.'

And Hibs chairman Rod Petrie believes the appointment of Collins will provide his young players with a shining example of what they can accomplish in the game.

He said: 'The board has taken the time to carefully select the right man to take forward the football club.

'John is a man of talent, ambition, drive and determination, a role model for our players in what he has achieved in his career - 58 caps for Scotland, a Scottish Cup winner, a league championship winner with AS Monaco, a league championship winner with Fulham.

'He was a footballer who was internationally renowned and whose playing career spanned five clubs in three countries over 19 years and is someone with all the personal credentials to be a top manager.'