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Stubbs to be named Hibs boss

Hibernian are expected to name Alan Stubbs as their new manager within the next 48 hours.

Stubbs, who is currently the youth team coach at Everton, has emerged as the leading candidate to succeed Terry Butcher.

Butcher replaced Pat Fenlon in November last year at Hibs but lost his job in the wake of the club's relegation from the Scottish Premiership at the end of last season.

Former Celtic defender Stubbs is now set to become the Easter Road club's third manager in the space of a year.

The 42-year-old impressed new chief executive Leeann Dempster when he was interviewed last week despite facing stiff competition from Hibs assistant manager Mark Venus.

Antonio Tapia, a former assistant to Manchester City manager Manuel Pelligrini, former midfielder Ian Murray and Motherwell manager Stuart McCall have also been linked with the vacancy.

U20 coach James McDonaugh will put the first team through their paces on Monday when they report for pre-season training.