Hibs looking to future

  • Last Updated: June 24 2014, 18:27 BST

Hibernian say the appointment of Alan Stubbs as "head coach" is designed to achieve "continued long-term success".

Alan Stubbs: New head coach of Hibernian
Alan Stubbs: New head coach of Hibernian

The former Bolton, Everton and Celtic defender has become the eighth man in eight years to lead the Edinburgh team after leaving Goodison Park, where he had impressed as Under-21 coach.

The 42-year-old takes over from Terry Butcher, who was sacked as manager following the club's demotion to the Scottish Championship.

Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster, who fired Butcher in her first week at Easter Road, claimed the appointment marked a more European approach to management.

Dempster had previously brought in George Craig from the Scottish Football Association as head of football operations and the new title of head coach is another branch to her reform of the club.

No details of the length of his contract were given, with the club simply stating he would take charge of the team for the "forthcoming 2014-15 Scottish Championship season".

Former Motherwell chief executive Dempster said in a statement: "There were strong candidates who applied for the position but after much consideration, Alan emerged as the stand-out choice.

"It's important that the CEO and head coach are very much on the same page and that they forge a close working and trusting partnership. I spoke with Alan and it became apparent early in the discussions that we had a common goal.

"He is a driven, intelligent and strong-minded character, who has a very clear vision about what he wants to achieve in football - producing positive results, playing attractive football and developing young players.

"All those attributes fitted the criteria we required and we're confident Alan is the right man to unite the club and bring success to Hibernian.

"Alan will be our head coach and that is part of the new structure in place at the football club; a continental-style model designed for continued long-term success."

Stubbs arrives the day before Scottish Championship rivals Rangers begin pre-season training as they look to tie up the return of striker Kris Boyd.

Fellow promotion rivals Hearts have also been busy in the transfer market while Stubbs inherits a squad without an experienced goalkeeper after Butcher was allowed to release 14 players in the wake of their play-off defeat by Hamilton.

But the former Celtic skipper is confident Hibs can mount a viable promotion push.

"To be given this opportunity with Hibernian is a great privilege and a real honour - it is a massive club with huge potential," he said.

"I'm excited about the future here at Hibernian and what we can all achieve together at the club - this is the start of the journey.

"The Scottish Championship will be a tough division, but I'm confident that if we approach the challenge with enthusiasm, optimism and belief then we can achieve success."

Stubbs is a lifelong Evertonian but he decided the time was right to move on after helping develop the likes of England internationals Ross Barkley and John Stones.

"I've been at Everton for almost six years and now I believe I'm ready to take on the role of head coach here at Hibernian," he said.

"I would like to thank Everton for giving me the chance to take up this position with Hibernian and now I just can't wait to get started; helping the club to earn promotion."

Everton boss Roberto Martinez said on the Toffees website: "We wish Alan the very best of luck. The reality is when you work well and do things well, people will take notice.

"It reflects the excellent work done last season at the club and means it has been seen from the outside as well.

"We're proud when those individuals that are Everton through and through get noticed and are given rewards and opportunities."