Inverness appoint Hughes

04 December 2013 11:15:01 EST

Inverness Caledonian Thistle have confirmed the appointment of John Hughes as their new manager to replace the outgoing Terry Butcher.

The 49-year-old has penned a two-and-a-half year contract with the Highlands outfit, who are currently occupying second spot in the Scottish Premier League after winning nine of their opening 14 games of the campaign and can look forward to a Scottish League Cup semi-final date against Hearts in February.

Butcher has built up an impressive squad at the Caledonian Stadium before departing for the vacant Hibernian post and Hughes is keen to carry on the good work of his predecessor.

Hughes, who has had spells in charge of Hibs and Falkirk in the past, said: "It's a massive challenge. Terry has done a wonderful job, so I'll be taking on the mantle.

It's a massive challenge. Terry has done a wonderful job, so I'll be taking on the mantle.

John Hughes

"I'm coming to something special and I want to immerse myself in the fabric and history of the club."

He added: "I'm not going to change too much.

"If I step aside from the football and speak about the people of Inverness, I get the feeling they want a real honest day's shift, they want to roll their sleeves up and are honest people.

"I feel that's the values this football club is built on so that makes it a right good fit for me."

Hughes, who was sacked by Hartlepool United in the summer after he failed to prevent their relegation to League Two, will start his Inverness tenure at St Mirren on Saturday and the side are 6/5 to give him a first win. Caley Thistle are 1212/1 to win the Scottish Premier League without Celtic and can be backed at 13/8 to lift the League Cup this season.

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