Where is Alan Stubbs now?
Former Bolton Wanderers and Everton defender Alan Stubbs was forced to retire in 2008 due to a recurring knee injury after a spell playing for Derby County.
Over an 18-year career, Stubbs racked up nearly 500 first-team appearances winning the Scottish Premier League and League Cup twice as well as the Scottish FA Cup during his time at Celtic.
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Upon retiring he joined the coaching staff at former club Everton assisting both the reserve team manager and the under 18’s manager before a promotion to manager of their under-21’s side.
After six years coaching on Merseyside, Stubbs made a return to Scotland in 2014 when he was appointed in his first senior managerial role at Hibernian.
Prior to his appointment he was interviewed for the vacant Everton manager’s job when David Moyes left for Manchester United but lost out to Roberto Martinez.
Stubbs’ Hibernian side had a successful first season under him, finishing second in the Scottish Championship and reaching the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.
In his second season he went a step further and won the Scottish Cup which was the first time the club had won the trophy in 114 years.
In June 2016, he left to return to England to join Rotherham United but was sacked five months later after gaining just six points from 13 games with the club rooted to the bottom of the Championship table.
Exactly a year later he made a return to football management when he was appointed as manager of Scottish Premiership side St Mirren.
He parted ways with the club just three months later after poor results which left his side second-bottom of the Premiership.
His son, Sam Stubbs has inherited his father’s talent and is currently playing for Middlesbrough.
Alan Stubbs was a guest on Sky Sports programme The Fantasy Football Club in 2017 where he picked the eleven best players he had ever played with in their #One2Eleven section of the show.
GK – Nigel Martyn – a tough one as I played with both Nigel Martyn and Tim Howard but I’ve gone for Nigel as he had no weak points in his game and was a consistent 8 out of 10 every game.
RB – Seamus Coleman – a breath of fresh air when he came into the club with an enthusiasm to learn and improve that was unbelievable.
CB – David Weir – he wasn’t the quickest but could read the game really well. He was Mr Reliable.
CB – Marc Rieper – a real leader and winner who I played with at Celtic. He was a great lad.
LB – Leighton Baines – one of the best left backs around at the moment who has a tremendous football brain. When you have the amount of assists that Leighton has in the final third you just have to pick him.
CM – Paul McStay – a one club man who was a very intelligent player and made it look so easy that it was like he was playing in second gear. I would have loved to have seen him in the Premier League.
CM – Thomas Gravesen – an absolute barnpot who was probably one of the most gifted players that I have played with. Unfortunately ‘discipline’ wasn’t in his vocabulary!
RM – Paolo Di Canio – another who was outspoken and outgoing but had incredible ability. A brilliant man who was always grooming himself but one of the best trainers I have ever seen.
LM – Lubo Moravcik – had the best technique I’ve ever seen on both his left and right foot. His first touch was incredible and he could put the ball on a sixpence from 60 feet away.
ST – Henrik Larsson – quick with great movement, he was brilliant at pulling off defenders and running in behind. He was considered a God when he left Celtic.
ST – Wayne Rooney – an absolute freak because he had everything even at 15/16 years old. A very shy lad at the time who is a once in a lifetime player.
Alan Stubbs: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Bolton Wanderers, Everton, Derby County, Sunderland|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com