Colin Calderwood has confirmed he is deep in talks with former Hearts assistant manager Billy Brown about becoming his number two at Hibernian.
There has been a vacancy at Calderwood’s side since the summer departure of Derek Adams to Ross County, but the former Scotland international previously stated he was happy with his coaching staff.
But he now insists an unemployed coach of Brown’s stature and pedigree is too good to turn down as the Edinburgh side look to climb off the foot of the table.
Calderwood said: “His availability is what has sparked me into asking the questions.
“We’re not quite there, but I think there’s a real chance.
“His knowledge and his experience and pedigree of doing well in this league is something that would be a huge help to me and this club.
“I think he’ll be a real help, otherwise I wouldn’t be trying to do it.”
The perennial assistant to Jim Jefferies spent six years at Tynecastle over two spells with the Jambos, winning the Scottish Cup with the club in 1998.
He is now without a club, having left Hearts along with Jefferies as Vladimir Romanov brought in Paulo Sergio and his management team.
And the Hibs boss does not believe Brown’s maroon pedigree should be any barrier to his succeeding in Leith.
“I would hope not,” Calderwood said, fielding suggestions some Hibees may not welcome such an appointment.
“People who know Billy know he is from our area, and it’s his experience and quality which will be a terrific help for us all.”
The deal is not expected to be completed in time for Brown to be in Hibs colours for the trip to Dunfermline, but discussions are thought to be at an advanced stage.