Hartlepool Utd unveil new boss John Hughes who says “This is a challenge but nothing fazes me”

John Hughes manager of Hartlepool United at his press conference Victoria Park. Picture by FRANK REID
John Hughes manager of Hartlepool United at his press conference Victoria Park. Picture by FRANK REID
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HARTLEPOOL United boss John Hughes has today been unveiled at Victoria Park, declaring: “This is a challenge, but nothing fazes me”.

The former Livingston chief, who yesterday replaced fellow Scot Neale Cooper in the Pools hotseat, will take charge of his first game against Coventry City on Saturday with his new club nine points from safety at the foot of League One.

And Hughes said: “I’m excited but I’m under no illusion that there is a lot of hard work in front of us.

“I need to get in there and engage with the players and inspire them.

“They have to trust in me and trust in each other and believe that they can win football matches.

“Hopefully that will be on Saturday against Coventry and we can get ourselves out of this position.

He went on: “Not much in football fazes me and I’m up for this challenge.

“We need the supporters because we have to get a spirit going here.

“I’ll support the players, I’ll talk to them, I’ll cuddle them – I’ll do what I have to.”

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