Former Hartlepool United boss back in management with Inverness

It's business as usual for John Hughes as the ex-Hartlepool United manager lands the top job with Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Former Hartlepool manager John Hughes denied he has a point to prove after returning to management with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Hughes has been without a job since his contract was terminated at Pool following a six-month spell in which he was unable to keep them in League One.

He had taken over with the club nine points from safety and won a manager of the month award for February after leading a revival that they could not sustain. The former Falkirk, Hibernian and Livingston boss now takes over a team sitting second in the Scottish Premiership, with a League Cup semi-final against Hearts to look forward to as well as a fifth-round William Hill Scottish Cup tie against Clyde or Stranraer.

Hughes insists he is a better manager than the one that left Livingston just over a year ago following a short spell in West Lothian as he succeeds Terry Butcher, now at Hibs.

“If you look at it, I have always had success at a club. If you take Hartlepool, I had real good success. But that’s the way football goes. I am old enough and experienced enough to roll with the punches.

“I think you have to evolve as a manager. Every club I have been at I have enjoyed the experience. I’ve not got a point to prove. I’m delighted to be up here. I feel I have had success and I want to bring success to Inverness.

“I’m in a real good part of the world and if I can be up here for four, six, eight years then that is success.”

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