Former Hartlepool United boss John Hughes gets Inverness Caledonian Thistle job

BACK IN WORK: Former Pools boss John Hughes
BACK IN WORK: Former Pools boss John Hughes

FORMER Hartlepool United manager John Hughes is back in management in his native Scotland.

Hughes, who left Pools after failing to save them from relegation last season, succeeds Terry Butcher at the helm of Scottish Premiership side Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The former Celtic and Swansea City centre half was the “unanimous choice of the board”.

While “Yogi”, as he was nicknamed, was unable to keep Pools in League One, results maginally improved during his 29 games in charge after he joined from Scottish side Livingston in November last year.

Confirming today’s appointment, Inverness chairman Kenny Cameron said: “We are delighted to appoint John Hughes as our new manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract to continue the club’s progress.

“John’s appointment was the unanimous choice of the board.

“He is an experienced manager which is what we feel is required in the current scenario we have at our club.

“He greatly impressed all the directors with his knowledge of the club, his passion and philosophy for the game.

“John has been chosen from a high-calibre short list who were a pleasure to interview. He has the drive and coaching expertise to be an excellent asset to Caley Thistle and run the football department in a highly motivated and professional manner.

“We took our time about the appointment as it was important to obtain the right fit for this stage of the club’s development. John was the person who met our criteria. He has already spoken to the players and made a very positive impact.

“John will be selecting his own assistant manager in due course and has not ruled out choosing someone already at the club.”