ALAN STUBBS FACTFILE
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.