No approach for Mogga, say City
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.