Rotherham confirm intention to approach Hibs for Stubbs
ROTHERHAM UNITED believe they will be able to lure Alan Stubbs from Easter Road if they get permission to speak to Hibernian’s Scottish Cupwinning manager.
The former Celtic and Everton player is the red-hot favourite to fill the vacancy at the Sky Bet Championship club who are expected to contact Leeann Dempster, Hibernian’s chief executive, over the weekend. While Stubbs and Dempster met on Thursday to lay down plans for next season, the 44-year-old, who was a contender the last time the Rotherham job came up in October, could well be tempted with a move back to England.
“Alan Stubbs is one of our three favourites for the job but we will do things the right way,” said Rotherham chairman Tony Stewart.
“We must first ask Hibs for permission before we speak to Alan directly.”
Stewart added that, after Neil Warnock quit following a successful bid to keep them in the Championship, his club are now looking for some long-term stability. “Since being promoted to the Championship we have twice narrowly avoided relegation but we have learned very little from the experience,” he said. “We want a manager who can help the club grow.”
Rotherham finished fourth bottom of English football’s second tier and so are hardly one of the game’s more glamorous names. However, they will almost certainly be able to pay Stubbs a higher wage than he currently earns.
Hibernian would seek compensation if Rotherham get their man but it would be a huge blow if they lose the manager who made history by defeating Rangers in last Saturday’s Scottish Cup final at Hampden.
Key men like Anthony Stokes and Liam Henderson are set to return to Celtic following the expiry of their loan deals, while influential centre-back Paul Hanlon is out of contract and attracting attention from other clubs. Prized assets John McGinn and Jason Cummings are also likely to be the subject of interest.
Dempster will fight to keep Stubbs, who has a year left on his contract, although it remains to be seen if he has the appetite for a third season in the Scottish Championship.