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Hibernian Boss Quells Reading Speculation

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs has calmed rumours of a move to Reading after being linked with the Berkshire hotseat.

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The 44-year-old is just one of many names to be touted as a replacement for Steve Clarke, having led the Edinburgh outfit to the Scottish Championship play-off semi-finals in his first season at Easter Road and recently winning the manager of the month award for November. Despite being linked with a step-up down south, Stubbs is focussed on finishing the job with Hibs, who sit 2nd in the Championship table on a run of nine straight wins.

Speaking after picking up the award, Stubbs told Sky Sports:

"When the team's winning, players get linked with other clubs and as a result of that, so do the managers."

"As far as I'm concerned it's speculation and I'm firmly focussed on my job here and that will never change.

"The most important thing on my mind is winning games for Hibernian."

There will be plenty of Royals fans doubting Stubbs' ability to manage Reading, given he's currently in only his first job as a manager. Having retired from playing in 2008 the former defender turned to coaching at Everton before moving north of the border, but it is his association with his first club that may leave many fans pleased he won't be coming to Berkshire after all...