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Rotherham to open talks with Alan Stubbs over manager's job

Rotherham will begin talks with number one target Alan Stubbs today as they finally close in on the man they want to become their new manager.

The Millers were granted permission to speak to the Hibernian boss on Monday after an initial approach was rejected last Friday, with the Scottish club “reluctantly” changing their mind.

Their search for Neil Warnock’s replacement is in danger of extending beyond two weeks, but their discussions with the 44-year-old represent a significant step forward.


Chairman Tony Stewart last week predicted that talks would be “plain sailing” but the Millers must convince Stubbs to walk out of the Easter Road club just weeks after delivering a first trophy in 114 years.

Stubbs, who was a frontrunner for the Millers job when Neil Redfearn was appointed in October, will now meet with club officials today where Stewart will hope to get the deal done.

A Millers statement read: “Rotherham United wishes to inform its supporters that the club has been granted permission to speak to Alan Stubbs by Hibernian FC.

"Talks regarding the vacant manager's position at AESSEAL New York Stadium will take place over the course of the next 24 hours with Stubbs." 

Hibs had previously shut down Rotherham’s advances last week but after Stubbs expressed an interest in opening discussions with the Millers the Edinburgh club gave in.

Their board is still confident that Stubbs will choose to stay at Easter Road and see out the final year of his contract.

Chief executive Leeann Dempster said: “Throughout, we have made it plain to Alan that we want him to remain as head coach of Hibernian and build on what has been achieved. Despite that, Alan has expressed an interest in hearing what Rotherham have to say. 

"I believe that our best chance to keep Alan focused and positive about his job at Hibernian is to allow a brief window within which Alan can speak to Rotherham.

“Reluctantly therefore, we have agreed to allow that to happen and we will take stock after that. 

"While we have agreed to the request, we hope that Alan will see a brighter future here at Hibernian with the continued full support of the board." 

Rotherham’s move for Stubbs shows where their desires lay, with Hibs being the only club approached.

It was thought that they were also lining up a move for Coventry’s Tony Mowbray, but the League One club insisted their had been no approach over the weekend.

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