Maurice Malpas has ended his association with Scottish Championship promotion-chasers Hibernian by joining fellow second-tier side Raith Rovers as Director of Football. The news was announced via a press release from the Stark’s Park club in which manager Grant Murray sang the praises of the former Swindon Town manager. Murray said “It’s terrific that we’ve been able to bring in someone of Maurice’s calibre, and Laurie and I look forward to working closely with him.”
The announcement is music to the ears of fans of the Leith Club, Malpas was assistant to Terry Butcher as they dropped out of Scotland’s top tier and the controversial duo have stayed on the wage bill at Easter Road since they were put on Gardening Leave in July after guiding the team to a meagre 6 wins from a potential 27. In that time they also lost over 50% of their matches, including throwing away a two-goal deficit to lose a relegation play-off via a penalty shoot-out with Hamilton Athletic and a Scottish cup loss at home to, ironically, Raith Rovers. One positive memory fans will have of Malpas’ time at the club is a win in the traditional New Year Edinburgh derby when James Collins and Liam Craig scored as Hibs won 2-1.
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