Alan Stubbs thrust into contention for Oxford United vacancyby Jack Kitson / 14 February 2018, 11:26Tweet
Oxford United’s lengthy search for a new manager has taken a fresh turn after Alan Stubbs was catapulted to the top of the betting.
Oxford have been linked with a multitude of managers since Pep Clotet was shown his marching orders last month, ranging from former professionals eager for their first foray into management, a former U’s boss, and gaffers who have not been spotted in the dugout since 2014.
Stubbs is the latest manager to be propelled into the mix in the Next Oxford United Manager Market after bookmakers cut the former Everton defender from a 25/1 outsider to the 6/4 frontrunner.
According to Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) Oxford have already interviewed Stubbs, and it’s fair to say that reaction to this has not been particularly positive on social media (scroll down for tweets).
The 46-year-old has been out-of-work since a disappointingly brief 14 match spell in charge of Rotherham came to an end in October 2016, during which he lost 10 registered only the one win. Forgettable to say the least.
However, prior to his mundane stint with the Millers, Stubbs became the first Hibernian manager in 114 years - since Dan McMichael in 1901/02) - to lift the Scottish Cup following a last-gasp 3-2 victory over Rangers (2015/16).
Hibbs recently slammed the Gers boss he beat that day, Mark Warburton, over the latter's pursuit of Scott Allan:
"They (Rangers) came back in and then again which I thought was disrespectful but I rang him (Warburton) a second time and there wasn’t ever going to be a third time because for me he had stepped over that manager respectfulness."
Meanwhile, Oxford slipped down to 13th in the table on Tuesday following a 3-1 defeat at in-form Rotherham - the club’s fourth defeat in five league games. The Yellows are next in action at home to Plymouth on Saturday...but the question is will they have a new manager in place by then…?
Story of the next Oxford manager market...— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) February 14, 2018
...now Alan Stubbs leads the way...#OUFC
Alan Stubbs new favourite for Oxford: Twitter reacts...
Never hated an #rufc manager in nearly 30 years of following them...Then Along Came Alan Stubbs.Totally wrecked us,signed players that were either not good enough or just onto final paychecks.I sincerely hope #oufc don't appoint him because if so you are doomed. #youvebeenwarned— nickthefish (@nmtfish) February 13, 2018
Alan Stubbs getting some rave reviews then— peter saunders (@yellowscooby) February 14, 2018
Tell you what @OUFCOfficial A nice Valentines gesture is NOT ALAN STUBBS Shaped.— SwissYellow (@swissyellow) February 14, 2018
Please #oufc don't do it! Alan Stubbs will ruin you! You fans deserve better than him— Chris Millson (@chrismillson91) February 14, 2018
Alan Stubbs, 7% win percentage, nah you're alright— Oggie (@KinkyAfro_) February 13, 2018