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Manager on way out

Hughes leaving; new Raith boss; Scotland squad

John HughesJohn Hughes, manager at Inverness Caledonian Thistle, is leaving the club after his relationship with the board deteriorated.

It is understood that Hughes has been unhappy at the loss of top talent and the constraints put upon him.

He was also denied an opportunity to speak to Dundee United when Jackie McNamara left.

Hughes led Inverness to Scottish Cup success last year, their first major honour and a maiden European campaign.

However, he has become frustrated over the loss of key players, including striker Billy McKay who was sold midway through last season and defender Graeme Shinnie and midfielder Marley Watkins were allowed to leave as free agents. Miles Storey will join Aberdeen in July.

Hughes, who succeeded Terry Butcher at the end of 2013, is negotiating a severance package with chairman Kenny Cameron.

He previously managed Falkirk, Hibernian and Livingston.

  • Former Hearts and Kilmarnock manager Gary Locke will replace Ray McKinnon as coach of Championship side Raith Rovers. He has signed a two-year deal.
  • Scotland coach Gordon Strachan has called up Hearts goalkeeper Jack Hamilton for friendlies against Italy and France. The 22-year-old joins Ross County keeper Scott Fox, Swansea full-back Stephen Kingsley and Derby midfielder Craig Bryson in the national squad. Scotland play Italy at the Ta’Qali Stadium in Malta on Sunday 29 May and France at the Stade Saint-Symphorien in Metz on 4 June.Scott Bain and Allan McGregor pulled out of the squad while Barry Bannan, Robert Snodgrass, Shaun Maloney and Andrew Robertson will also be unavailable for the match against Italy due to their involvement in the English Championship play-off final.
    Hamilton has played just 270 minutes of Scottish Premiership football for Hearts this season, providing back-up to first choice goalkeeper Neil Alexander.

    Kingsley could make his senior international debut after recently breaking into the Swansea City starting lineup and being named the club’s under-21 player of the season.

    Fox and Bryson have featured regularly in the Scotland squad, although the former is still waiting to make his debut.

Photo: Inverness Caledonian Thistle

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