Ex-Hartlepool Utd boss John Hughes to be named Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager

TWO SHARP FOR BLADES: Steve Howard and John Hughes shake hands at the end of the 3-2 win over Sheffield United where Howard scored twice. Picture by FRANK REID

TWO SHARP FOR BLADES: Steve Howard and John Hughes shake hands at the end of the 3-2 win over Sheffield United where Howard scored twice. Picture by FRANK REID

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FORMER Hartlepool Uud manager John Hughes looks set to be named as Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager.

Thistle are expected to announce Hughes at a news conference tomorrow.

Hughes joined Pools towards the end of 2012 but could not prevent relegation to League Two and his contract at Victoria Park was terminated in May of this year.

Former Hibernian and Falkirk boss Hughes has been in talks with the Highland club about the possibility of replacing Terry Butcher.

Two other candidates who were interviewed for the job have been ruled out.

Alloa Athletic manager Paul Hartley and former Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels are now no longer in the running.

Hughes also had a short spell at Livingston last year.

Terry Butcher left Inverness to join Hibs in November and Hughes was one of the first names linked with the vacancy at the Caledonian Stadium.

After a playing career that included stints at Berwick Rangers, Swansea City, Falkirk, Celtic, Hibs and Ayr United, Hughes moved into management with Falkirk and led them to the Scottish Premier League in 2005.

After keeping the Bairns in the top flight for four seasons, he moved to Hibs and clinched a Europa League qualifying spot in his first season in charge.

However, a poor start to season 2010-11 led to Hughes leaving Easter Road and he returned to management with Livi in 2012.