Scottish Daily Mail


- By SEAN VIN­CENT Sports · Betfred

JACK ROSS be­lieves Hibs will miss Leeann Demp­ster — but is also con­fi­dent the chief ex­ec­u­tive’s de­par­ture will not ham­per his plans for the Jan­uary sales. Demp­ster (right) stepped into the breach to lead the re-or­gan­i­sa­tion of the club af­ter they were rel­e­gated in 2014. Within two years, she had presided over their first Scot­tish Cup win in 114 years. Pro­mo­tion back to the top flight fol­lowed in 2017 and man­ager Ross be­lieves that will be her le­gacy af­ter an­nounc­ing she is step­ping down. Ross — who has guided his side to their cur­rent po­si­tion of fourth hav­ing been ap­pointed by Demp­ster mid­way through last season — said: ‘When I took the job, a new struc­ture had just been put in place. ‘Graeme Mathie was named sport­ing di­rec­tor, which has meant my in­ter­ac­tion with Leeann has prob­a­bly been less with some previous man­agers. ‘How­ever, that’s not to say her and I have not had a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship and been in reg­u­lar com­mu­ni­ca­tion. ‘I knew Leeann to an ex­tent be­fore I came to the club and that was part of the at­trac­tion. I spoke to her on more than one oc­ca­sion be­fore join­ing and the opin­ion I had of her was only re­in­forced when I met her. ‘Her le­gacy will be the strong­est thing when she leaves here, with the work she’s done and the suc­cess the club has had in that pe­riod, which in­cludes win­ning the Scot­tish Cup. She’s leav­ing the club in a re­ally good place and will be a big miss.’ But Ross is con­fi­dent Hibs will not miss a beat when the trans­fer mar­ket opens in Jan­uary, thanks to Mathie and club owner Ron Gordon. He said: ‘I spoke to Ron yes­ter­day and I’m quite re­laxed about it in terms of any im­pact on my side of things. That’s not to be flip­pant about Leeann’s de­par­ture, far from it. But I don’t see it hav­ing any ma­jor im­pact on our abil­ity to do any­thing in Jan­uary.’ Hibs wel­come James McPake’s Dundee to the cap­i­tal to­day for their Bet­fred Cup sec­ond-round clash. Ross’ team claimed a 4-1 win when the sides met in the group stages of the com­pe­ti­tion just two weeks ago.

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