Shaun Maloney admits he is disappointed he was not given time to develop Hibernian into a team challenging for domestic honours again.
The 39-year-old was sacked on Monday after just four months in charge of the Scottish Premiership club.
It came after the Easter Road club failed to secure a top-six finish in the league and exited the Scottish Cup to Edinburgh rivals Hearts.
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In a statement the former Scotland international said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to be the manager of Hibernian, a club with such a proud and distinguished history.
“I am disappointed not to have had the time to move the club forward to a position where we could consistently challenge the top teams in the country for domestic honours and European football.
“It was my deepest desire to be able to deliver for the fans a team of which they could feel proud and inspired by.
“Even though the pain of our defeat last weekend remains raw, I was convinced all the more by the nature of the performance and the desire we showed even when reduced to ten men that, given time, we would have achieved this.