Report: Potential Celtic connection at West Ham as David Moyes wants Alan Stubbs

By David Walton

January 12, 2020

Former Celtic man David Moyes reportedly wants to bring in another ex-Celt, Alan Stubbs, to be part of his West Ham United back-room team.

Moyes was rehired by the Hammers in a surprising move on December 30th. Since then he’s managed to secure wins against Bournemouth and Gillingham, before suffering his first defeat in charge at Sheffield United on Friday night.

And, as he continues to reshape his backroom team, ex-Celtic hero Stubbs is being eyed up by the experienced tactician, according to the Edinburgh Evening News. 

Alan Stubbs has struggled to make his mark in management (Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

It’s unclear as to what Stubbs’ exact role would be with Moyes. However, Edinburgh Evening News believes that the new Hammers manager has already been turned down by Stuart Pearce to be his new defensive coach. If you’re adding the pieces together, that looks like the role he would have for Stubbs.

The former Hibs gaffer is expected to give Moyes an answer in the coming days. However, it remains to be seen if the pair can strike up a Celtic connection in London.

A positive route for Stubbs back into football

It’s been a difficult couple of years for Stubbs since he left Hibs. Despite winning the Scottish Cup back in 2016, it’s been all downhill for him from there.

Stubbs hasn’t managed to last more than three months in either of his last two managerial jobs (Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Indeed, his stint at Rotherham seen him last only three months before being sacked. He also only won one match with the Championship club during that time. This led Stubbsy to St Mirren at the start of the 2018/19 season, but once again he left with just under three months to his name in charge of the club, and only one month into the league campaign.

It’s going to be extremely difficult for Stubbs to get back into management, or at the very least a level of management that he would deem appropriate. A chance to join Moyes’ coaching staff and be part of something positive could help rebuild his reputation in the coaching game.

Unfortunately, when it comes to successful ex-Celtic players-turned-managers, Stubbs isn’t one of them. That’s not to say he can’t still be in the long-term, but a coaching position in the background seems to be his most likely route back into the game.

David Moyes reportedly has his eyes on bringing Stubbs to West Ham (James Gill – Danehouse/Getty Images)

It also gives Stubbs the opportunity to get back into the Premier League for the first time as a coach. However, whether the former Everton man fancies that kind of role remains to be seen.

Sections of the Celtic support will certainly have a keen eye on how Moyes does on his West Ham return. But if Stubbs joins him, it’ll be doubly as interesting.