Billy keen to stay with Hibs

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Billy Brown has revealed he would be keen to remain at Hibernian if wanted by new manager Pat Fenlon.

Caretaker boss Brown was in charge of team affairs for their 3-1 defeat at St Johnstone as Fenlon - appointed to the hotseat on Friday - looked on from the stand. According to reports, Fenlon was accompanied in the directors' box by Liam O'Brien, suggesting the former Newcastle player could be in line for the number two job at Easter Road.

Brown had been assistant to Colin Calderwood before his sacking and would like to remain at the Edinburgh club in some capacity. He said: "I like it here, I like being in football and I've got a lot of enthusiasm for football. I don't want to just be an add-on so if I can do something here I'd certainly be looking to stay and do it."

He added: "It's up to Pat, he's the manager. If I can fit in, I would certainly be here. We've got a new manager now and I'll see what he wants me to do and how I would fit in and things like that.

"I'll have a blether with him about that and see what happens. I spoke to him after the game and that was just about the game really. I'll speak with him and see what the score is."

Hibs took the lead through Richie Towell but goals from Francisco Sandaza, Marcus Haber and Dave Mackay sealed victory for Saints in their manager Steve Lomas' first home game at the helm. The result means Hibs remain in ninth spot in the SPL, with just three league wins this season.

Brown added: "It typified what I've seen from this team this season, even before I came here when I watched them on the television and went to games. At the end of the day the players have not been doing it and they need to stand up and be counted. I told them at half-time that their jobs are on the line."

Saints boss Steve Lomas earned a draw against Rangers at Ibrox last week in his first game in charge and hopes his players will be given the credit they deserve this time after feeling their efforts against the Scottish champions were overlooked.

He said: "We've got four points and we should probably have had six. It was a good point at Ibrox but to make it a great point we needed a win today. I thought the lads were fantastic again. If they play with the appetite and desire they have done for the last two games, they are more than a match for anybody.

"I thought they probably didn't get the credit they deserved last week. It was more about Rangers having another off-day after the international break and not about us out-playing them in every stat and compartment of the game. Hopefully they get the credit they deserve this week."

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