Scottish Daily Mail

Hibs’ Dempster wants Stubbs to rebuild club


Stubbs’ name to the board for approval over the weekend. Former Easter Road No2 Mark Venus was also interviewe­d but he has left on holiday without having had a decision from the club, suggesting he is being overlooked, while former Hibs captain Ian Murray, now boss of Dumbarton, has not spoken to his former employers, contrary to reports elsewhere. Stubbs was quickly identified by Dempster as the man Hibs were looking for to rebuild the club after relegation. The former Celt spent five years at Parkhead between 1996 and 2001. He was interviewe­d for the Everton manager’s job following David Moyes’ departure a year ago but, despite being well regarded, chairman Bill Kenwright opted for Roberto Martinez. If his appointmen­t gets across the line, Stubbs’ first game in charge will be a Ramsdens Cup tie on July 26.

ALAN STUBBS was last night closing in on his first job in front-line football management with Hibernian. As Sportsmail first revealed on Wednesday, the Easter Road club approached Everton for permission to speak with their reserve-team manager about succeeding Terry Butcher. The Goodison club reluctantl­y agreed to Hibs’ request and Stubbs impressed chief executive Leeann Dempster during an initial discussion and has continued to tick the right boxes in subsequent talks. Sources close to the negotiatio­ns last night described them as ‘positive’ and, barring a late change of heart, Dempster will recommend

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