Hibs can blossom with bold thinking
There has never been a better time for Hibernian to blossom under a new manager.
The right appointment could set the Edinburgh club on the path to real success.
Whether it is Michael O'Neill, Billy Brown, Pat Fenlon, or a mysterious rabbit from the hat appointment, if the new man can reshape the Easter Road side, then, given the state of our game at present, the Scottish football world could be Hibs' oyster.
Hibs are in good financial shape by comparison to most Scottish Premier League clubs.
Their great rivals Hearts are in turmoil, Rangers are financially strapped and there are signs that Dermot Desmond's interest in Celtic may not be as strong as it once was.
It is vital that Hibernian hold on to powerful striker Garry O'Connor
So, if Hibs get the right man, he may be getting just the right club, at exactly the right time.
The potential at Easter Road is undoubted.
The 60,000 crowds of yesteryear are long gone, but a Hibs side playing with verve and vitality and challenging at the top of the Scottish game, would surely see Easter Road, "heaving with humanity" as I put it in a recent blog.
The squad clearly needs strengthened.
But, with all of their rivals cash poor, Hibs, with some speculative outlay by a manager with a good eye for a player and good contacts, could be in a position to flourish.
Chairman Rod Petrie gave an emotional tribute to Garry O Connor at the club's recent AGM, enthusing about the striker's return to the 'Hibs family'.
Retaining a player of O'Connor's ability and adding a few players of quality at a time when the Scottish game is becoming more reliant on youth, could see Hibs emerge as a serious force again.
It will require the board to take more risk than they have in the past, by loosening the purse strings, but given the current and likely future financial state of many of their rivals, an emboldened Hibs might just find the future is theirs for the taking.