No ap­proach for Mogga, say City

Warwickshire Telegraph - - SPORT - Alan Poole Sport Re­porter alan.poole@coven­try­tele­graph.net

COVEN­TRY City have stressed that Rother­ham United have made no move for man­ager Tony Mow­bray.

And the odds on the Sky Blues boss switch­ing to the New York Sta­dium length­ened last night when Hiber­nian gave the Millers per­mis­sion to speak to Alan Stubbs.

The man who led Hibs to their his­toric Scot­tish Cup tri­umph had al­ready been in­stalled as 1-10 favourite to re­place Neil Warnock but the Cham­pi­onship club said on Fri­day that they were sound­ing out two more po­ten­tial can­di­dates.

It is un­der­stood that Mow­bray was the other man in their sights when, hav­ing in­ter­viewed four un­at­tached ap­pli­cants, they de­cided to ex­pand their search. But Sky Blues man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Chris An­der­son told the Tele­graph yes­ter­day: “No ap­proach has been made by any­one for the ser­vices of our man­ager.”

Rother­ham chair­man Tony Ste­wart said at the week­end: “There is a right way of do­ing things. We don’t speak to any­one with­out per­mis­sion. I wouldn’t like that to be done to me, so we don’t do it to them.”

“Alan is one of three favourites for the job, but we’ll do things the right way. We must first ask Hibs for per­mis­sion be­fore we speak to Alan di­rectly.”

The Ed­in­burgh club re­jected that ini­tial re­quest but have now agreed, chief ex­ec­u­tive Leeann Demp­ster say­ing: “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 at Hiber­nian with the con­tin­ued full sup­port of the board.”

Andy Bar­cham (left) leads the cel­e­bra­tions af­ter vet­eran striker Ade­bayo Ak­in­fenwa had slot­ted hoe a penalty in the 11th minute of in­jury time to wrap up AFC Wim­ble­don’s 2-0 win against Ply­mouth Ar­gyle in the League Two play-off fi­nal at Wem­b­ley yes­ter­day.

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