Pools appoint John Hughes as new boss

Hartlepool United have announced the appointment of John Hughes as the new first team coach at Victoria Park.

Hughes has left his role as manager of Livingston to take up the role at Pools and will be in charge for the first time this Saturday when United host Coventry City.

Pools’ chief executive Russ Green said: “We’re convinced we’ve got the right man in place to take the club forward,

“Everybody knows that this appointment was a crucial one for the club so we have taken our time, assessed our options and John is the choice we are all extremely happy with.

“He has a vision for the Football Club, he has a passion and a drive to succeed and we hope that the fans will be as excited as we have to have him in place.”

The 48-year-old Hughes has management experience at the highest level in Scotland having guided Falkirk to the Scottish Premier League in 2005 and led Hibernian to Europa League qualification in 2009.

A former central defender, Hughes played for a host of clubs in Scotland including Celtic, Falkirk and Hibernian, while he also played in the English leagues with Swansea City in the late 1980s.

Micky Barron is to remain in his role as reserve team manager and will work alongside Hughes in the new set-up.

We’ll have more reaction to the appointment here on our website and in Wednesday’s SportMail.