Hibs boss Alan Stubbs today revealed how he plans to recruit American legend Landon Donovan as an advisor as he seeks to strengthen his squad.
The Capital club have taken up-and-coming United States striker Jack McBean on trial ahead of the transfer window and Stubbs intends to gain an insight into the 20-year-old from his former Los Angeles Galaxy team-mate.
Stubbs became acquainted with Donovan, who won 157 caps for the US, as he spent two loan spells at Everton, and knows he’ll get an honest assessment from the striker.
And, the head coach disclosed, Donovan is just one of his old Goodison Park contacts who he could well turn to in his search for fresh talent. He said: “Jack has come in and we’ll assess him over the next few days and take things from there.
“His name was one that was put to us, not by Landon, but I’ll be speaking to him. I haven’t spoken to him for a bit but I have his number and we’ll see what he thinks. Hopefully he’ll give him a good reference and tell us the things we want to hear about him.
“Landon was a great guy, not just as a football player but a person, a brilliant guy and I’d respect his judgment.
He’s not a bad contact to have, especially with the players over in America at this moment. It’s good to have contacts all around the world when you need a favour, people whose opinions and thoughts you respect.”
Although he and his backroom staff can assess McBean, the youngest-ever signing by Major League Soccer outfit Galaxy, on the training pitches at East Mains, Stubbs is keen to delve into the background of any potential signing to learn more about the individual, his character and how he’d fit into his dressing-room.
After two playing spells at Everton followed by six years as a coach, Stubbs believes his Goodison connections will stand him and Hibs in good stead. He said: “I’ve been lucky to have been at Everton who have a scouting network worldwide.
“You make a lot of contacts and I always feel players can be good judges. They are very honest with you in their opinions of another player which is good. I have to try to maximise our resources within a budget and the fact is you can call on these people and it’s not going to cost you anything.”