Tuesday 13 November 2012

John Hughes departs for Hartlepool United

It is with regret that Livingston FC can confirm the departure of manager John Hughes to English League One club Hartlepool United today.

Since joining Livingston in February, John has worked tirelessly for the betterment of the club and its players, and as such we are disappointed to lose him to another club at this early stage.

Nevertheless, it is without doubt that he has left Livingston in a better place, and with that in mind he has departed for his new role as Hartlepool United's first team coach with our best wishes.

Director of Football, John Collins said: "I brought John Hughes in with me when I joined Livingston earlier in the year because of his professionalism and passion for the brand of football that I want Livingston to play.

"I'm naturally disappointed that he has attracted the interest of another club, but not surprised, and I wish him well at Hartlepool.

"While John leaving us is a blow, I'm as determined as ever to continue the job we've started together at Livingston.

"There's progress being made all the time, from developing our youngest kids to improving the first team squad, and with or without John that work will continue."

Chief executive Ged Nixon added: "John has made a big contribution in his time at the club and it was with great reluctance that we accepted his resignation.

"He has been offered a great opportunity by Hartlepool and we wish him all the very best for the future."

No decision on replacing John Hughes has yet been made, however Gareth Evans will assume responsibility for first team matters in the interim period.

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