Rotherham United: New Millers boss Stubbs coming with own No 2

Alan Stubbs won't be the only new arrival at New York Stadium after agreeing a three-year deal to become the new manager of Rotherham United.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 1st June 2016, 12:00 am
Updated Sunday, 5th June 2016, 5:48 pm
Alan Stubbs
Alan Stubbs

Millers chairman Tony Stewart last night confirmed that the 44-year-old, who is leaving Scottish side Hibernian to come to South Yorkshire, would be bringing in his own assistant boss.

Rotherham wasted no time in concluding negotiations with their top target yesterday after being given permission from Hibs on Monday evening to open talks.

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Last night, compensation was being thrashed out between Millers chief executive officer Paul Douglas and the Edinburgh outfit, and Stewart was expecting that process to be a “formality”.

“We have agreed terms on a deal for three years and both sides are happy with what’s what,” Stewart told The Star. “Alan will be able to bring his No 2 with him.”

The Millers are hoping Stubbs signs his contract this morning so they can officially unveil him at a 2pm press conference at New York.

“That’s the plan. We don’t expect any obstacles,” Stewart added.

The compensation figure being sought by Hibs was thought to be around £120,000.

Stubbs’ backroom staff at Easter Road include assistant manager Andy Holden and first-team coach John Doolan. Last night, it wasn’t clear if one or both were part of the Stubbs package.

Liverpudlian Stubbs, who family are based in England, led Hibs to a famous Scottish FA Cup Final triumph earlier this month and twice came close to winning promotion to the Scottish Premier League in his two years in charge.

The former Bolton Wanderers, Everton and Sunderland centre-half is credited with turning the club around at a difficult time and making a number of astute signings

He had a win rate of 59 per cent in his 100-game reign and was highly respected and liked by the Hibs players. He lost only 24 times and his longest unbeaten run stretched to 18 matches.

Meanwhile, former Millers boss Steve Evans has left Leeds United after finally being told he is no longer wanted by chairman Massimo Cellino.

Evans won plaudits for the job he did at Elland Road in the Championship last season, but Cellino has been openly looking for a replacement while the 53-year-old was still under contract.