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Stubbs in Rotherham talks; Foran for Thistle

Hibernian head coach Alan Stubbs engages the crowd in song at Leith Links
Hibernian head coach Alan Stubbs engages the crowd in song at Leith Links

Football: Hibs are facing the prospect of losing Alan Stubbs, who just nine days ago became the first manager in 114 years to lead club to success in the Scottish Cup.

He has been granted permission to speak to Rotherham United about succeeding Neil Warnock who left after steering the Yorkshire outfit clear of relegation from the Championship.

Stubbs will meet Rotherham chairman Tony Stewart on Tuesday and looks like being offered the post.

Hibs will hope that Stubbs, who spoke after the final about his plans at Easter Road, might be encouraged to remain in Edinburgh to lead the club’s Europa campaign and bid to regain their Premiership status. Reports, however, say that Rotherham are confident they will tie up a deal with the Liverpudlian.

Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster said: “Throughout, we have made it plain to Alan that we want him to remain as head coach of Hibernian and build on what has been achieved. Despite that, Alan has expressed an interest in hearing what Rotherham have to say.

“I believe that our best chance to keep Alan focused and positive about his job at Hibernian is to allow a brief window within which Alan can speak to Rotherham. Reluctantly therefore, we have agreed to allow that to happen and we will take stock after that. While we have agreed to the request, we hope that Alan will see a brighter future here at Hibernian with the continued full support of the board.”

Stubbs is under contract for another year and Hibs will be due compensation if he leaves.

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Richie Foran vidFootball: Richie Foran, captain of Inverness Caledonian Thistle, has been appointed manager on a four-year deal.

Foran announced he would stop playing to concentrate on his new role. He made 209 appearances and scored 45 goals since joining the club in 2009.

Club Chairman Kenny Cameron said: “We are delighted to have Richie on board as the new manager of Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC and we believe the length of contract demonstrates commitment on both sides.”

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Horse racing: Musselburgh is hoping for a record attendance at the Edinburgh Cup meeting on Saturday with the total prize money of £145,000.

Sarah Montgomery, senior operations and commercial manager at the course, said the Edinburgh Cup, sponsored by Edinburgh Gin, is building in stature as one of the premier sporting days in Scotland.

“It’s growing in size and popularity every year and we expect it to match Ladies Day sell-out status in the next few years,” she said.

“While the vibe is a little different from Ladies Day, there is no doubt there is still a huge emphasis on having a fun day out. The fact that it is seen as a real foodies event is also getting more and more positive feedback every year.”

More than 3,000 tickets have been sold and the course expects to break the previous record.

The party atmosphere will be fuelled by a guest list including BBC Radio One DJ Greg James, who will perform a set at the after racing party. Garry Spence DJ from Capital Scotland will also be on stage, while popular Edinburgh band The Flavours will be performing live.

Meanwhile, trainer Sir Michael Stoute‘s Ulysees has continued to impress ahead of Saturday’s Investec Derby with a pleasing workout under jockey Andrea Atzeni.

The son of Galileo and Light Shift will run for Stoute alongside Across the Stars which will be ridden by three-times Derby winner Kieren Fallon who has a 100% record for the trainer.

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Cricket: Alastair Cook became the first England cricketer to reach 10,000 test runs on the fourth day of the second test against Sri Lanka in Durham.

The left-handed opener has also joined an elite list of 12 batsmen to reach the landmark.

He joins Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar, Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh, Allan Border, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Brian Lara, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Jacques Kallis.

 

 



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