Hibs boss: No contact with Dundee United

Alan Stubbs says the Dundee United job is a 'good job for someone'. Picture: Jane Barlow
Alan Stubbs says the Dundee United job is a 'good job for someone'. Picture: Jane Barlow
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Alan Stubbs has admitted becoming manager of Dundee United will be “a very good job for someone”, but insisted: “I’ve already got one at Hibs.”

The Easter Road head coach has become the latest name to be linked to the vacant post at Tannadice following the sacking of his former Celtic team-mate Jackie McNamara, but Stubbs claimed he’s in the dark and that there’s been no contact either directly with him or his representatives.

Adamant he’s entirely focused on Hibs’ bid for promotion, Stubbs said: “I can’t stop things from going out there as that is the nature of football. If someone wants to link me with a job I can’t control that.

“The one thing is that the story has not come from anything close to me. I don’t know where the story has come from and I have to answer questions on the back of being linked with the manager’s job. There’s nothing to say really.

“I have a job to do here at Hibs, nothing has changed and I am very happy. A few months ago I was linked to another job [Wigan Athletic] and nothing happened or came of that but I had to respond to it.

“There has been no contact from Dundee United to me or my representatives. If there was I would tell people as I am that way inclined.”

While accepting many would see stepping from the Championship to the Premiership as an attractive proposition, Stubbs said: “I am very ambitious and it is a very good job for someone.

“Dundee United have some good players and some decent youngsters at Tannadice. I am at a big club in Hibs and I was given a good opportunity and we want to get promoted out of this division. I respect Dundee United as a club and I respect Hibernian Football Club as well.”

Stubbs also expressed his disappointment at McNamara’s sacking, an experience he admitted every manager expects to endure at some point while hoping it’s one he doesn’t have for a long time to come.

He said: “People say you are not a good manager until you have been sacked and come back from that and become better. Hopefully that does not happen to me and I do not experience it. The one thing that is inevitable as a football manager is that one day you will get the sack.

“I hope that does not happen to me for a long time but I am honest enough to realise it might as it comes with the territory.”

Revealing he had spoken to both McNamara and former Hibs striker Darren Jackson who, as first-team coach at United, also lost his job along with assistant Simon Donnelly, Stubbs said: “I’m just disappointed that I am talking about all of this because my pal has lost his job.

“I am disappointed for him and unfortunately that’s the business we are in. Football management can be very ruthless at times, it’s a results orientated business.”

Meanwhile, Stubbs revealed Hibs will comment “in due course” about the ending of their joint Transition Academy with Spartans less than 18 months after the venture was announced.

He said: “We’ve still got to speak to people about that agreement, especially parents. I think it’s important they hear from us first, rather than it coming out in the press.

“Our relationship with Spartans is still very good, we still play our [development league] games there. The club will comment on that in due course when we’ve spoken to everyone about the situation.”