EXCLUSIVE: Kiss goodbye! Griffiths finished at Hibs after headbutting manager Fenlon
11:50 GMT, 21 March 2012
Leigh Griffiths has played his last game for Hibs after head-butting manager Pat Fenlon and then punching assistant Billy Brown in an astonishing training ground bust-up on Tuesday.
The on-loan Wolves star is understood to have taken exception to comments made by the Easter Road manager at the Ormiston complex.
It seems the 21-year-old striker, who is on loan until the end of the season, was disgusted at being singled out for criticism over recent displays and simply blew a fuse. The flashpoint came at the end of a stormy training session in the aftermath of Sunday’s derby defeat to Hearts.
End of the road: Hibernian's Leigh Griffiths has played his last game for Hibs
Leigh Griffiths – Local boy done bad
Griffiths is a lifelong Hibs supporter and went to school next to Easter Road.
He made his senior debut for Livingston as a 16-year-old in 2006 before joining Dundee in the summer of 2009.
He left for Wolves in January 2011 but returned to Leith on loan last summer.
Griffiths has nine goals for Hibs but has landed in trouble with his manager for gesturing at supporters.
The striker has represented Scotland Under 19s and 21s and earned a B cap in 2009.
He is on a two-and-a-half-year deal at Molineux.
Sportsmail understands several Hibs players had to be pulled apart earlier in the day before being addressed by Fenlon.
When Fenlon’s attention turned to Griffiths, the player snapped and butted the Irishman, knocking his glasses off.
After the ugly altercation, the Scotland Under 21 star marched off in the direction of the changing rooms hotly pursued by Fenlon’s assistant Brown. Griffiths is then said to have landed a punch on Brown which knocked over the former Hearts No 2.
Bust-up: Pat Fenlon (left) and Billy Brown clashed with Griffiths
He then raced to the changing room where he emptied his locker and sped off.
It’s understood a number of squad members have been unhappy with Fenlon’s training methods and match preparation.
It seems certain Griffiths will now return to Molineux despite the two months left on his loan deal.
extraordinary flare up will have fans questioning the authority of
former Bohemians manager Fenlon has over his squad with just eight games
On your way: Fenlon is understood to have sent Griffiths back to Wolves