19 Facts About Alan Stubbs


Alan Stubbs was born on 6 October 1971 and is an English football manager and former professional footballer.


Alan Stubbs played in the Premier League with Bolton Wanderers, Everton, Sunderland and Derby County as well as a five-year spell in the Scottish Premiership with Celtic.


Alan Stubbs led Hibernian to a Scottish Cup victory in 2016, then had a brief tenure at Rotherham United.


Alan Stubbs played 23 league games that season but it was a disappointing first season at Burnden Park for Stubbs as his side missed out on automatic promotion on goal difference and were beaten by Tranmere Rovers in the playoff final.


Alan Stubbs continued to impress at Celtic with his strong presence in defence, good range of passing and occasional goal.


However a routine drug test after the Scottish Cup Final defeat to Rangers in May 1999 revealed Alan Stubbs was suffering from testicular cancer.


Alan Stubbs joined Everton in July 2001 after winning his battle against cancer, and after his Celtic contract expired.


On his arrival at Goodison Park, Alan Stubbs stated it had always been his dream to play for the club.


Alan Stubbs confirmed at the time part of his motive for moving to Everton was that he wanted to return home to his native Merseyside with his wife Mandy.


Alan Stubbs quickly became a regular member of the team and excelled during his first season, as Everton finished 15th and reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.


Alan Stubbs captained Everton to a 4th-place finish in the league which entered Everton into the qualifying rounds of the Champions League.


Alan Stubbs returned to Everton on a free transfer on 20 January 2006, signing a contract that was due to last until the end of the season.


In September 2007 after the murder of Rhys Jones, an 11-year-old Everton fan shot dead in Croxteth, Alan Stubbs delivered a reading at his funeral to a packed Liverpool Cathedral including members of Everton and Liverpool.


On 31 January 2008, Alan Stubbs moved to Derby County in an 18-month deal on a free transfer.


Derby's relegation from the Premiership with 11 points meant that Alan Stubbs had been involved in the campaigns of the teams with two lowest points totals attained since the league's inception.


Alan Stubbs won an England 'B' cap on 10 May 1994 in a match against Northern Ireland 'B' at Hillsborough.


In May 2013, Alan Stubbs was interviewed by Bill Kenwright for the vacant manager's role at Everton, but Roberto Martinez was eventually selected to be the team's new manager.


Alan Stubbs was appointed head coach of Scottish club Hibernian in June 2014 on a two-year contract, as Terry Butcher's successor after the club had been relegated to the Scottish Championship.


Alan Stubbs was appointed manager of EFL Championship club Rotherham United on 1 June 2016.