Hibs boss wants a team full of captains

Liam Craig. Pic: Greg Macvean
Liam Craig. Pic: Greg Macvean
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Alan Stubbs has revealed that Liam Craig will skipper Hibs this season, but insisted the armband should be the only thing to distinguish him from a “team of captains”.

Craig became skipper upon the arrival of Terry Butcher, the big Englishman, stating he preferred an outfield player to be his on-pitch leader rather than goalkeeper Ben Williams, who had taken over the role as James McPake recovered from back surgery.

And today new head coach Stubbs revealed he saw no reason why the former Falkirk and St Johnstone midfielder shouldn’t continue as skipper before adding: “At the end of the day I want 11 captains, not just one. Just because one person has an armband doesn’t mean other players can’t speak.

“I want them all to take responsibility, I want them all to talk to each other, to help each other the same as a captain does. As far as I am concerned, Liam will be the captain from an official point of view, but I want them all to be captains.”

Stubbs, meanwhile, has continued to build his backroom staff, confirming former Welsh internationalist Andy Holden, who spent 19 years as a coach with Everton, will be his assistant, with Alan Combe taking over as goalkeeping coach.

As the Evening News revealed, John Porteous has become head physiotherapist ending a 20-year association with Motherwell while Paul Green, formerly with Falkirk, has arrived to become strength and conditioning coach.

Stubbs, who had earlier appointed John Doolan as his first-team coach, said: “Andy’s experience will be a huge help to everybody at the club. Everbody in the football department will be able to tap into his immense knowledge, which was gained working alongside excellent managers such as David Moyes and Walter Smith.

“Alan has a wealth of experience and is a talented coach. Our young keepers will learn a huge amount from working with him. John will bring a lot of knowledge and expertise to our medical department, he’s widely considered to be one of the best physios.

“We’re aiming to build the best backroom staff we can to ensure our squad have everything they require in order to go out and succeed.”