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Lee Johnson on verge of Hibs job as former Sunderland manager moves ahead of other candidates

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Lee Johnson is in advanced talks over becoming the new Hibs manager as the club look to finalise a deal. The former Sunderland boss, who ran out for Hearts during his playing career, has been identified as the top target.

Reports earlier on Thursday suggested that Jon Dahl Tomasson had entered the running while Michael Appleton and Karl Robinson were considered.

But Record Sport previously reported Johnson was the favourite and we now understand he is close to being appointed.

He would also want to bring in long-term No. 2 Jamie McAllister as part of his coaching team.Johnson met and impressed owner Ron Gordon and other members of the Hibs board earlier this week.Chief executive Ben Kensell and head of recruitment Ian Gordon met with several top-level management candidates in England before they whistled down their shortlist.Get all the latest Sports news sent straight to your Inbox every day by signing up to our newsletter.We cover every morsel of information regarding your favourite club in the form of articles, videos and podcasts.The newsletter will arrive every day at 12pm, giving you a round up of the best stories we've covered that in the last 24 hours.To sign up, simply enter your email address into the link here.And if you aren't already, make sure you join the conversation over on our Facebook groups and Record Sport Instagram.

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