Alan Stubbs today arrived at Hibs to take up the post of head coach as the Easter Road club move towards a “continental-style” model of management.
Although the 42-year-old had been touted to take over from the sacked Terry Butcher for a number of days, it wasn’t until he pitched up at the club’s East Mains training centre with chief executive Leeann Dempster that his appointment was officially announced.
And immediately, the former Bolton, Celtic, Everton and Sunderland defender insisted he was ready for the challenge having been a coach at Goodison Park for the past six years.
Aware he faces a formidable challenge as Hibs prepare – along with Capital rivals Hearts and Rangers – for life in the Championship following their shock relegation, Stubbs said: “I’m excited about the future here at Hibernian and what we can all achieve together at the club – this is the start of the journey.
“The Scottish Championship will be a tough division, but I’m confident that if we approach the challenge with enthusiasm, optimism and belief then we can achieve success.”
Hibs chief Executive Leeann Dempster said: “Alan will be our head coach and that is part of the new structure in place at the football club; a continental-style model designed for continued long-term success.”
Stubbs’ first game in charge of Hibs will be a pre-season friendly at Berwick Rangers on Saturday, July 12.