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‘QUITTING HIBS WAS A BIG MISTAKE,’ ADMITS STUBBS

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“REGRETS? I’VE GOT A FEW,” sums up the way former manager Alan Stubbs feels about his decision to leave Easter Road just after winning an historic Scottish Cup Final for Hibs over Rangers in May 2016.

Stubbs ended more than a century of suffering for the Hibs support in that never to be forgotten May afternoon at Hampden.

Now, ahead of the Easter Road’s return to the National Stadium, this time to face Celtic in the Betfred Cup semi final on Saturday lunchtime, Stubbs told the CQN Podcast that he’s desperate to get back involved in the game and admits he was wrong to leave Hibs for Rotherham.

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Speaking on behalf of BT Sport, Alan Stubbs said, “I’m obviously wanting to get back involved.

“I have had a really good break to reflect on what went wrong and why it went wrong. I have been very honest in looking at myself and the reasons why I made mistakes, to make sure that I don’t make them again.

“Looking back now I probably let Hibs at least a year too early. I didn’t do enough due diligence into looking at the next club (Rotherham).

“Me or the people who look after me should have looked more into what I was going into. And had I known all that information I can certainly look back and say that I wouldn’t have taken that job.

“So it is as simple as that. Ultimately you have to look at yourself and I made mistakes.

“I’m not going to sit here and say it was all their fault. I have to look at myself, I have to be honest and say, yes, I made mistakes.”

Stubbs also revealed that Liam Henderson is likely to seek a move from Celtic in January and hints at a possible return to Easter Road.

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Henderson was a loan signing for Stubbs while he was the Hibs boss and he certainly got the most out of the talented young midfielder.

“He had such an impact throughout that season for us. To see him now playing a bit part in the Celtic team is obviously disappointing for Liam.

“He thought that was the catalyst for him to kick on and for his career to progress. Unfortunately it hasn’t gone in that direction and if anything it’s stalled for him,” said Stubbs.

“There must have been a lot of interest in him before the window closed but that interest was something that Liam didn’t feel was the right club for him, or the way the club played. There are lots of things you have to weigh up and maybe he felt that it just didn’t feel right.

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“Sometimes that can happen but the most important thing for Liam is that he is playing week in week out a Saturday at 3pm or whatever time that needs to be.

“He is not going to get the satisfaction of playing under 21 football throughout the week and knowing Liam the way that I do, he will be desperate to be playing competitive football.

“If it is not at Celtic, where I think Brendan has come out and aid, maybe it is best for him to find another club. Hopefully in January something will happen for him.”

Neil Lennon is undoubtedly monitoring this situation closely.

You can listen to the Stubbs interview on the CQN Podcast and the link is below.

BT Sport is where the best go head to head. Watch Hibs v Celtic exclusively live in the SPFL Betfred League Cup on BT Sport 1 from 11:15am on Saturday 21st October

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