HIBS' assistant manager Jackie McNamara was fed up with the stick he got from regulars in his Mussleburgh pub as the Edinburgh side brought players like Chic Charnley, Tony Rougier and Shaun Dennis to Easter Road. The Hibees fans who frequent McNamara's Sportsman's Bar weren't slow to let him know they weren't happy - particularly when local heroes Jim Leighton and Darren Jackson moved to rivals Aberdeen and Celtic. But six weeks into the new season, the moans have been muffled as new-look Hibs sit at the top of the Premier Division - and McNamara admits that the sound of silence when he pours pints is sweet music to his ears. He said: 'When you have a pub that is used by Hibs fans and when most of your mates are season ticket holders, there is no hiding place. 'They are not slow to let you know when they are not happy and last season when Jim Duffy and I were struggling in our first few months in the job, they didn't miss us. 'I heard all the complaints. When we signed Chic Charnley, they were calling him a pub player and calling us a pub team. We were also told that if we kept buying First Division players that's where we would end up - in the First Division.' Survival in the top flight gave manager Duffy and McNamara - who came in halfway through last season - their first real chance to work with the squad during the summer. And the No.2 is convinced his boss has proved all their doubters wrong. He said: 'There is no doubt that Jim deserves the credit. The players he has brought here are real crowd pleasers and everybody is enjoying football at Easter Road again. Chic, for example, is a very special player and he's having the time of his life. 'People go on about his disciplinary record but we've play-ed seven games this season and he hasn't been booked yet, so even he is learning. 'Tony Rougier has been exceptional as well but others like Pat McGinlay, Andy Dow and Willie Miller have been given a new lease of life.'