2014 - 2016
(100 games as manager)
Alan Stubbs was appointed Head Coach of Hibernian in June 2014, taking over the reigns at a difficult time following the club's relegation from the Scottish Premiership in the previous month.
The appointment came after Hibs were given permission by Everton to talk to the former Toffees and Celtic player. For the previous six years, Stubbs had been learning his managerial trade at Everton in the role of a coach, working with such managers as David Moyes and Roberto Martinez.
In his first press conference for the Club, Stubbs announced his aim of rebuilding the squad ahead of the new season to help Hibs win promotion back to the Scottish Premiership. At this time, Stubbs recruited his own backroom staff, consisting of assistant coach Andy Holden, player-coach Alan Combe, head physiotherapist John Porteous, strength and conditioning coach Paul Green, and first-team coach John Doolan.
Stubbs' first league match in charge, Hibernian's first in the Championship since relegation, was against Livingston. Hibs secured the three points at Easter Road by winning the match 2-1, with the winning goal coming from an unlikely source, new signing and goalkeeper Mark Oxley. That season, Stubbs guided Hibernian to second place in the 2014/15 Scottish Championship, securing the runners-up position over Rangers on the last day of the season.
With Hearts finishing first that season, a second place finish meant that Hibernian entered the Premiership play-offs at the semi-final stage, playing Rangers after the Glasgow side overcame Queen of the South in the previous play-off round. The greens gave as good as they got, losing 2–1 to Rangers on aggregate which resulted in another season in the second tier of Scottish football. Stubbs also guided Hibernian to a semi-final place in the Scottish Cup that season, with the greens unfortunate to lose the Hampden tie to Falkirk.
Stubbs' second season in charge was certainly one to remember. Another very competitive Scottish Championship witnessed Hibernian finish the League season in third position, behind second-placed Falkirk and Champions Rangers. After Hibernian overcame Raith Rovers in the play-off quarter final stage, the Club suffered a last minute away defeat to Falkirk in the second leg of the play-off semi-final. Hibernian narrowly lost the semi-final tie on aggregrate, resulting in the greens playing another season in the Scottish Championship. Hibernian were set to play their football outside the Scottish top flight in three consecutive seasons for the first time ever.
However, Hibernian's 2015/16 fixture card was flooded with matches as a result of Stubbs guiding the Club to finals of both the League Cup and Scottish Cup. Another first for the Club occurred - the first time in the history of Hibernian that both national finals were reached in the same season.
To appear in both finals, Alan Stubbs masterminded victories against top flight opponents in both cup competitions, including Aberdeen, Dundee United and St Johnstone in the League Cup, with rivals Hearts, Inverness and Dundee United knocked out of the Scottish Cup.
The League Cup Final arrived in March 2016, with the Club unfortunately losing out at the final hurdle. Despite dominating large periods of the match, striker Alex Schalk prodded home a last-minute winner for County to secure the Highland outfit's first major piece of silverware.
With unfortunate defeats experienced in both the League play-offs and League Cup Final, the last shot of glory for Stubbs and his team was the Scottish Cup Final in May 2016. Stubbs famously guided Hibernian to Scottish Cup victory that day, beating Rangers at Hampden Park 3-2 for the Club to lift the trophy for the first time in 114 years.
Following the Scottish Cup success, Stubbs was appointed the manager of Rotherham United competing in the English Championship.
Full name Alan Stubbs
Date of birth 6th October 1971
Place of birth Kirkby, England