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John Hughes named as new Hartlepool United boss

John Hughes has been appointed new First Team Coach at Hartlepool United Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Hartlepool United have announced the appointment of John Hughes as the club's new First Team Coach.

The 48-year-old replaces fellow Scot Neale Cooper at Victoria Park, and has been given the job despite Phil Brown being strongly linked with the position this week.

Hughes played for a number of clubs in Scotland including Falkirk, Celtic and Hibernian. He later tasted success as manager with two of those clubs: in 2005 he led Falkirk to promotion to the Scottish Premier League. While in 2009, he guided Hibs to Europa League qualification.

He'll leave his post as Manager of Livingston to take the hotseat at the League One strugglers.

The club's 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."

– Russ Green, Chief Executive of Hartlepool United

Hartlepool also announced that Micky Barron will remain at the club as Reserve Team Manager.

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