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Born: Liver­pool, 1971 (Age 44) Play­ing Ca­reer: A mid­fielder turned ball-play­ing cen­tre-half, Stubbs made his de­but for Bolton in 1990 and swiftly be­came club cap­tain. In six years at Burn­den Park, he played more than 250 games for Wan­der­ers, help­ing se­cure pro­mo­tion from the third tier to the Pre­mier League and los­ing a League Cup fi­nal to Liver­pool in 1995. Af­ter miss­ing out on a move to An­field, Stubbs joined Celtic for £3.5m in 1996 and, af­ter a poor de­but cam­paign, helped Wim Jansen’s side to the SPL ti­tle in 1997-98. He would win an­other SPL ti­tle and two League Cups at Celtic Park, scor­ing four goals in 127 games, be­fore leav­ing for Ever­ton in July 2001. A six-month spell at Sun­der­land aside, Stubbs spent the re­main­der of his ca­reer at Good­i­son, play­ing 160 Pre­mier League games for the Tof­fees be­fore re­tir­ing in 2008. Man­age­rial Ca­reer: Named youth and later Un­der-21 coach by David Moyes in 2008, Stubbs was in­ter­viewed for the role of Ever­ton man­ager in 2013 but was over­looked in favour of Roberto Martinez. Af­ter a fur­ther sea­son work­ing un­der the Spa­niard, he be­came man­ager of Hiber­nian in 2014. A sec­ond-place fin­ish in the Scot­tish Cham­pi­onship was fol­lowed, in 2015-16, with vic­tory over Rangers in the Scot­tish Cup fi­nal, end­ing Hibs’ 114-year wait for the tro­phy. Af­ter fail­ing to win pro­mo­tion, Stubbs left Easter Road – with a 58 per cent win record – to join Rother­ham in June this year.

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