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Hughes promises adventurous Hibs

Rod Petrie and John Hughes
Hughes and Petrie share a desire to see Hibernian play open, attractive football

John Hughes has promised to continue his philosophy of attacking football as he was officially introduced to the media as Hibernian's new manager.

The 44-year-old took over from Mixu Paatelainen after leaving a Falkirk side praised for their style of play.

"I'm just honoured and privileged to be here," said the Leith-born former Hibs player. "It's a wonderful opportunity.

"I'm hoping that I can bring a blend of football, style of football, attacking football to Hibs."

Hughes, who hopes to bring assistant Brian Rice with him to Edinburgh, signed a three-year contract to return to the club for which he played between 1996 and 2000.

"I hope to invigorate the staff who are already here, get the best out of them, inspire them and hopefully we can get success," he said.

"I'm really looking forward to the challenge and I cannot wait until I start working with the players.

John's energised everybody and I'm sure will galvanise everybody connected with Hibernian Football Club to drive us forward

Hibernian chairman Rod Petrie

"Obviously, we're in the close season, but the work has already started. We're spinning a few plates and I'm trying to do the best that I can for Hibernian Football Club."

Hughes was enthused by the attacking options at Easter Road - and by the Hibs youngsters who beat his own side on their way to winning the Youth Cup.

"I'm excited just by looking at the strikers we have at the club, Riordan, Fletcher, Nish - and I was just told the other day that we still have Zemmama and Benjelloun, two more players who excited me in the past," he said.

"I know of a few of the young players stepping up - Currie, Welsh and Moyes, two up front in Byrne and Deane and Thomas Flynn in goals. There is Paul Hanlon coming through as well."

Hughes led Falkirk to this season's Scottish Cup final, where they lost to Rangers, but that came after the manager came under attack from sections of the Bairns support before they escaped relegation with a final-day victory away to Inverness.

The new manager laughed off reports that he did not get on with Hibernian chairman Rod Petrie, who expressed delight at securing Hughes' services.

"John is a very experienced manager - almost 300 games under his belt - and anybody who saw the performance of his team in the recent cup final would know what his teams are capable of in terms of attacking and competitive football," said Petrie.

"Our discussions with Falkirk were firm but fair and we're grateful to them for eventually giving us permission to have conversations and reach agreement with John and, hopefully, Brian Rice in due course.

"John's a big personality. Everybody he's come in contact with at the club has been enthused by his passion, his commitment, his vision for the club, the things that he hopes to achieve.

"He's energised everybody and I'm sure will galvanise everybody connected with Hibernian Football Club to drive us forward."

Hughes succeeds former Hibs team-mate Mixu Paatelainen, who left Easter Road almost two weeks ago after 16 months in charge.



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see also
New Hibs boss urges stars to stay
10 Jun 09 |  Hibernian
Falkirk name May as new manager
23 Jun 09 |  Falkirk
Hughes appointed Hibernian boss
08 Jun 09 |  Hibernian
Paatelainen parts with Hibernian
29 May 09 |  Hibernian


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