Hibs boss happy to have Benni McCarthy in team

Benni McCarthy takes part in a Hibs training session

Benni McCarthy takes part in a Hibs training session

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Hibs boss Alan Stubbs today claimed the arrival of former South African striker Benni McCarthy at Easter Road could be “invaluable” as the 37-year-old joins his coaching staff on, initially, a temporary basis, writes DAVID HARDIE.

The ex-Porto, Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United hitman now lives in Edinburgh with his wife Stacey and has asked the Easter Road club to help him as he works towards his coaching badges.

And it was an opportunity which Stubbs insisted he couldn’t refuse, revealing that while McCarthy has started working with Joe McBride’s development squad, he’ll also coach his first-team strikers.

Joking that the new arrival won’t be fit for tomorrow’s final Edinburgh derby, Stubbs said: “We’ve crossed paths on and off the pitch in the past and I have always got on really well with him. He’s married to an Edinburgh girl and lives in the city. His agent asked if there would be an opportunity to come in and I was more than happy to help, it makes sense.

“He is going to help the Under-20s and gain more experience and as it goes along I’ll look to introduce him to working with the first-team strikers on occasions.

“But we don’t want to throw too much at him when he is only really in the door.”

Stubbs believes McCarthy, capped 80 times for his country and who played for Ajax, Celta Vigo and Porto earlier in his career, will bring a wealth of experience to bear. He said: “I think he could be invaluable. It’s a win-win situation. The fact he wants to come in and be part of it from my point of view is fantastic.

“He’s a bouncy person, he has great personality and always has a smile on his face. He is infectious and he’ll be good. The place is good anyway, he’ll just add to it.”