Hibs boss hopes to swerve ‘curse’ of monthly award

Alan Stubbs admitted he was surpised at winning the award
Alan Stubbs admitted he was surpised at winning the award
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Alan Stubbs today revealed he hopes to escape the “manager of the month curse” because he knew he would be picking up the award before last weekend’s disappointing draw with Raith Rovers.

The Easter Road head coach was voted top SPFL Championship boss for September – a period which covered victories over Cowdenbeath, Ross County and Rangers – while Jason Cummings, scorer of two goals at Ibrox, made it a double for the Capital club as he was named young player of the month.

Well aware that past recipients have had the shine taken off their prize in the following match, Stubbs said: “I know what has happened in the past, but I knew about this a week past Tuesday so I’m hoping Saturday was it, to be honest.”

However, while he admitted that following the 3-1 win against Rangers anything less than three points from the visit of Raith would be regarded as a disappointment, Stubbs insisted his side’s performance against the Kirkcaldy club wasn’t sub-standard. He said: “We knew Raith was never going to be an easy game, just looking at their away record we knew it would be tough. It wasn’t a bad one. It was a draw when we obviously wanted to take three points.

“But from the performance point of view, it wasn’t a bad performance or a poor performance.

“We were at home and we expected the three points, but I think because of what happened at Ross County and at Ibrox anything other than three points was always going to be perceived as a disappointing result.”

Revealing he himself was a bit taken aback when told he would be receiving the award of manager of the month, Stubbs admitted he believed the away wins over Ross County – in the League Cup – and Rangers had probably been significant in the voting which took place the day after that 3-1 victory at Ibrox.

He said: “It’s obviously nice to get awards, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like getting an award. But from my point of view this is for my players and my staff, I was a bit surprised when I got told, but I don’t decide who picks the award, I think you should ask those people rather than me.

“You don’t get the award from not getting results. I just look at going to Ibrox and Ross County and winning, that is a big reason why Jason and myself have got these awards.”

Meanwhile, Stubbs hopes to tie up a deal to make former Motherwell full-back Paul Quinn, a free agent after leaving Doncaster Rovers, his tenth signing. He said: “Paul has trained with us and if there’s a possibility we can come to an agreement – it could be short term or to the end of the season – then we’ll look to do that. I’ve been aware of him for a bit and that is probably the only position we don’t have cover for.”