Stubbs: My full focus is on Hibs

Alan Stubbs joined Hibs last summer as head coach. Pic: SNS
Alan Stubbs joined Hibs last summer as head coach. Pic: SNS
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Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs says his full focus is on Hibs’ trip to Dumbarton tomorrow night and not speculation linking him with the vacant manager’s job at Wigan.

Stubbs emerged as one of several contenders for the role at the struggling English Championship club this morning after Malky Mackay was sacked last night by the Wigan board following a 2-0 defeat by Derby that leaves them eight points adrift in the relegation zone in 23rd place.

When asked about his name being linked to the role in Lancashire, Stubbs said: “It’s news to me. The first I heard of it [my name being linked] was at 10am this morning. All I’m concentrating on is the match against Dumbarton tomorrow.”

Stubbs is one of a number of names linked to the vacancy, although his current assistant coach John Doolan was at Wigan before he joined Stubbs at Easter Road during the summer.

Doolan is highly thought of by the hierarchy at the DW Stadium and his and Stubbs’ work at Hibs has not gone unnoticed, with the Easter Road club third in the Scottish Championship and in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.

It is understood no approach has been made to Hibs to speak to Stubbs by Wigan, who hope to appoint a new manager by Friday.