By Alex Stevens

Alan Stubbs has revealed how his brutal honesty did not go down well with Roberto Martinez when he was manager of Everton.

The Spaniard spent three years in charge at Goodison Park before he was sacked at the end of last season.

Ex-Everton defender Stubbs spent six years coaching the club’s Under-21s before quitting in 2014 to become a manager in his own right.

The 45-year-old had been interviewed by long-standing chairman Bill Kenwright in 2013 to replace David Moyes when he left for Manchester United, but the job was handed to Martinez while Stubbs remained with the youth team.

“Roberto let me get on with the job, left to my own devices with it,” Stubbs recalled in an interview with the Liverpool Echo in which he delivered some insight into Martinez’s thin skin.

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“He had his own people there and that was them, he didn’t really allow anybody else to get close, so that was a closed shop and everybody else probably felt a little distant.

“If he wanted an opinion I would give it but sometimes I gave my opinion and he didn’t like it because it was too truthful – if you don’t want an opinion don’t ask for one if you don’t like the answer.

“He left, there are reasons for that, but Everton, touch wood, have got the right man in place now with Ronald Koeman.”

Stubbs was renowned as a no-nonsense, straight talking centre-back during two playing spells at the club in which he accumulated 177 appearances.

He spent two years as Hibernian manager and led the second-tier outfit to the Scottish Cup title last season for the first time in 114 years.

But Stubbs quit last summer to take over as manager at English Championship club Rotherham, only to be sacked in October when they were at the foot of the table.

In other Everton transfer news, the club have agreed the terms of an out-of-window striker transfer.

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