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Hughes all set for Hibs' challenge

sports Updated: Jun 10, 2009 16:54 IST
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The new manager of Hibs, former player John Hughes, said Wednesday that he would install an attacking brand of football at Easter Road.

The 44-year-old was named as new boss of the Edinburgh side on Monday leaving Falkirk to coach for a side he played for between 1996 and 2000.

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

"I'm just honoured and privileged to be here. It's a wonderful opportunity for me," Hughes said.

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

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

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

"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 last month led Falkirk to the Scottish Cup final where they lost to Rangers and also secured the side's place in the top flight on the last day of the season.

He was one of the favourites for the job from the outset, despite reports he did not get on with chairman Rod Petrie.

Petrie said there was no truth to those reports.

"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 said.

Hibs finished sixth in the Premier League last season, four places above Falkirk, but three spots behind city rivals Hearts who qualified for the new Europa League.

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