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Stubbs: Promotion a priority

Alan Stubbs is enjoying his first steps in management with Hibernian and has made promotion from the Championship a priority.

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Alan Stubbs: Wants promotion with Hibs

Alan Stubbs: Wants promotion with Hibs

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The former Bolton, Celtic, Everton and Sunderland defender was appointed last month, replacing Terry Butcher who was sacked following the club’s relegation from the Premiership.

“It’s my first step into management and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it,” Stubbs told Sky Sports News. “It’s coming up to three weeks now, the players have been fantastic and they have worked really hard.

“We’ve tried to put behind us what happened last season and it’s all about looking forward. I keep emphasising that to them each day because it’s important as it’s about what we do now looking ahead now instead of worrying about what happened behind us.

Hibs will face stiff competition for promotion from Rangers and city rivals Hearts, but Stubbs has denied there is any pressure from the board.

“I think the pressure comes from me because I want to set the highest standards I possibly can at the club and if I do that and the players do that then the chances of success become greater.

“It’s all about us lifting the levels which weren’t reached last season. It’s fair to say they probably dipped below a certain standard and it’s about us putting things right.

“From what I’ve seen in the early part of my tenure here is that the players are on board with what I want to do and how I want to play. That’s all I can ask, and with the addition of a few new signings, I’m sure we’re going to have a really positive start to the season.

“It’s a great opportunity for me, it’s a fantastic club, the facilities at the training ground are all geared to be in the Premiership and it is my intention and the player’s intention to get back there as soon as possible."

Stubbs, who earlier this week made Scotland U21 defender David Gray his first signing, is hoping to add further to his squad before the start of the season.

“We have actually made contact with a few players and there are offers on the table,” he said. "For me now it’s the most frustrating part of it now because we’re waiting for answers, whether it’s going to be a yes or a no.

“Unfortunately, it’s out of my hands. I just hope they are impressed by the club, the stadium, the facilities at the training ground, my vision for the football club to move forward and most importantly being successful."

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