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Hibs seeking new coach as Stubbs quits

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

Hibernian have failed to persuade Alan Stubbs to stay on as manager after the 44-year-old agreed a three-year deal with Rotherham United.

Some may be surprised that the Liverpudlian has opted for an under-performing Yorkshire club rather than lead Hibs into a European campaign, but his family still live in England and he may also see it as a stepping stone to a bigger club in England.

There is bound to be speculation that his departure may see him raid the Easter Road club’s star players.

Fans who celebrated the Scottish Cup win less than two weeks ago had hoped Stubbs and the team would stick together for the forthcoming challenge of winning promotion from the Scottish Championship.

Instead, he will attempt to bring success to an unfashionable club which has never played in the top tier of English football.

However, Rotherham moved to a new stadium and the owners have ambitions to build on last season’s escape from relegation from the Championship.

Hibs expect to receive around £120,000 in compensation and will hope to get a new man in charge before pre-season training begins next month.

Tony Stewart, the Rotherham chairman, said: “We’ve spoken, we’ve agreed terms and what we are working towards now is agreeing compensation.

“It’s the final link in the chain, it’s a formality. He [Stubbs] has signed on a three-year-contract and is a well-admired young man in Scotland. They think we’re very fortunate to get him and he’ll be a big loss to Hibs.”

There will be some concern that Hibs may have not have tried hard enough to cling on to Stubbs who came close to a treble success by also leading the club to the League Cup final and the Premiership play-off final.

Among those tipped to replace him are former Hibs boss John Hughes who has left Inverness Caledonian Thistle, and Owen Coyle, a free agent after leaving MLS club Houston Dynamo.

Scotland coach Stuart McCall, who worked with Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster at 
Motherwell, is another contender, along with John Collins, who left Celtic where he was assistant to Ronny Deila.



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