Stubbs says Reading link is just speculation.

Alan Stubbs focus is entirely on Hibernian despite Reading rumours

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It's something every football fan dreads when they're on a good run, a higher profile club in search of a new manager sniffing around. That is what is happening with Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs.

Hibernian have been in impressive form of late, going 16 games unbeaten, defeating two Scottish Premiership teams convincingly in the League Cup and pushing Rangers for the Championship title. So it's of little surprise that not only are their players being noticed by other clubs but head coach Stubbs is in the sights of many too.

Stubbs has been linked with a few clubs of late including Premiership side Dundee United in October and also speculation about QPR being interested in him in November.


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However, the Hibs boss hasn't been tempted to even consider moving from a club in which he feels is going places.

The latest club that the rumour mill has linked him with is Reading after the English Championship side sacked Steve Clarke. It was reported that Stubbs was on a shortlist for the job at the Madjeski, however, Stubbs says he's not been contacted and is happy where he is.

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In an interview with Sky Sports News HQ on Monday, the SPFL Championship Manager of the Month for November said that he was focussed on his job at Easter Road. He pointed out that he hadn't been contacted by anyone at Reading and the only people he'd spoken to about it was some friends and his own son who'd seen the news on Sky Sports.

Speaking with Sky Sports News HQ, Stubbs said: "When the team's winning players get linked to other clubs and it's the same with managers. As far as I am concerned it's speculation. I'm firmly focused on my job here and that will never change.

"If I keep winning games, then yes there may be speculation with other clubs, but the most important thing on my mind is winning games for Hibernian Football Club.

"Yes it's great to get the rewards, but the most important thing is that we are getting results on the pitch and you don't get these awards unless you are getting results on the pitch. So,
from that point of view, we are really happy."

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Stubbs was also quick to point out that the speculation linking him to other teams doesn't distract him at all because he simply doesn't think about it. His attention is on his current club. Indeed, his contract extension in July along with first team coach John Doolan and assistant coach Andy Holden would suggest that everyone is in it for the long haul.

With three points available before meeting promotion rivals Rangers at Ibrox on December 28, Hibs fans will be relieved by the gaffers commitment to the cause.

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