Alan Stubbs speaks about his time at Rotherham after getting the St Mirren job

Former Rotherham manager Alan Stubbs says he rushed into taking the job in South Yorkshire and did not do enough “due diligence”.

Stubbs took over from Neil Warnock in June 2016 but his time at the AESSEAL New York Stadium was an unmitigated disaster and he was fired just four months later after only one win in 14 games.

He came to the Millers from Hibs, crossing the border with a growing reputation after delivering the Scottish Cup to the Edinburgh club.


Stubbs, who is now back in work at St Mirren, says he felt he was too quick to chase the next step in his career.

“I remember one quote from Brendan [Rodgers] who was asked what advice he would give to young managers and it was: ‘don’t be in a rush’,” Stubbs told the Scottish Daily Record.

“When I look back that was me. I was in a rush.

“When you have a taste of success early you think it is just going to be an upward spiral and I didn’t think enough about the move.

“I jumped in too quickly, I didn’t do enough due diligence about it. I am surprised at myself that I didn’t but I didn’t.

“I am not saying the people at Rotherham were bad people. They were just different to what I had worked with at Hibs. Different to [chief executive] Leeann Dempster and [director of football] George Craig.


“When you don’t have that it makes you appreciate what you had.

“Sometimes adversity can make you a better and stronger person and I certainly think that this time around I won’t make the same mistakes. I can’t make the same mistakes again.”

During his time at the Millers he assembled a squad which went on to be the weakest in Championship history, baited the fans after a 4-0 defeat at Barnsley and oversaw arguably the club’s worst ever signing by bringing Dexter Blackstock to the club on a three-year deal.

Alan Stubbs oversaw a disastrous four months in charge of Rotherham

He was allowed to break the club’s transfer record fee on Jon Taylor, given money to spend on Will Vaulks and Dominic Ball, while also allowing Blackstock to negotiate a £10,000-per-week salary.

But Stubbs claims he was “chasing his tail” in the transfer market.

On recruitment at St Mirren, he added: “It’s something I’m equipped for. My contacts in England will come into force in terms of trying to get a few players.

“There is a lot of options and I feel relaxed because I’m going into a job where I won’t be chasing my tail.

“The last one, I was chasing my tail. It was too close to the season starting. We were at the back of the queue in terms of recruitment.”



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