Auld left Celtic again in 1971 this time joining Hibernian on a free transfer. While at Easter Road he combined his playing role with one as a trainer, eventually focusing solely on the latter role.
He started a career as a manager in 1974, when appointed by Partick Thistle, where he would stay for six seasons.
He returned to Edinburgh as Hibs manager in 1980 (15-11-1980 to 15-09-1982 ) , in an attempt to revive the club following their relegation in the 1979-80 season. He succeeded in this end but was replaced by Pat Stanton in 1982. He then briefly managed Hamilton Academical before returning to manage Partick for a second time between 1983 and 1986. His final appointment was with Dumbarton.