Scottish Cup champions Hibernian have granted permission to Rotherham United to speak to Alan Stubbs over their managerial vacancy, according to an official statement issued by the Scottish side.
Despite initial approaches being rejected, Hibernian have now allowed Rotherham to open talks with Stubbs.
The official club statement said: ‘Hibernian FC today confirmed that the Club has reluctantly given Rotherham United FC permission to speak with Head Coach Alan Stubbs.”
Record Sport revealed last week that Stubbs was part of a three man shortlist for the job in South Yorkshire, and that the Millers were planning an approach.
The Championship side are on the lookout for a new manager after Neil Warnock decided against extending his contract at the New York Stadium, despite keeping the club in the second tier.
The Edinburgh side initially rejected Rotherham’s approach but following a recent board meeting, the decision has been overturned.
Chief executive Leeann Dempster has made it clear in the club’s statement that Stubbs will hopefully stay in Scotland, saying: ‘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.’
It remains to be seen whether Stubbs takes up the vacant position at Rotherham but, if he does, he knows he will have to build on Warnock’s good work to propel the Millers up the Championship table.
Rotherham fans… what do you make of this news? Is Stubbs the right man to take Rotherham forward? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!