Stevenson backs Brown for Hibs job

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Hibernian midfielder Lewis Stevenson praised Billy Brown's approach and has backed the caretaker boss to be appointed manager at Easter Road on a permanent basis.

Hibs drew 1-1 with Kilmarnock in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League on Saturday, responding after a disappointing first half which saw them trailing to Manuel Pascali's 36th-minute tap in and booed by their own fans at the interval.

But Leigh Griffiths netted five minutes after coming on as a half-time substitute, benefiting from Anssi Jaakkola's failure to deal with an Ivan Sproule cross, as Hibs earned a point to remain ninth in the table.

Brown opted not to launch into his players during the break, instead trying to boost their fragile confidence and Stevenson was among the players to feel the benefit.

Stevenson said: "We were all frustrated at half-time. He (Brown) was quite calm. He had a few things to say to some people and had a bit of a go at me and it spurred me on.

"It's only a draw, but being one down we can't complain too much."

Brown has already been interviewed about becoming the permanent successor to Colin Calderwood, who was sacked on November 6 following 12 wins in 49 matches and 12 months in charge.

The former Hearts assistant boss had not spoken to any members of the Hibs board in the immediate aftermath of the match and has been no indication of the time scale involved before an appointment is made, with next Saturday's clash at St Johnstone the next fixture.

Bohemians' Pat Fenlon and Michael O'Neill of Shamrock Rovers have also been linked with the role as Hibs seek a fifth manager in four years. Stevenson, though, would be happy for Brown to continue.

"We all know him and everyone's comfortable," he added.

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