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Despite having been without a permanent boss since Terry Butcher's departure for Hibernian on November 12, Caley are flying high in second and the new man is delighted to join

Inverness Caledonian Thistle have confirmed the appointment of John Hughes as their new manager.

The Scottish Premiership high-flyers have been without a permanent boss since Terry Butcher left to take over at Hibernian in November, with Duncan Shearer and Scott Kellacher running first-team affairs in the interim.

However, Inverness announced on Wednesday that former Falkirk, Hibs, Livingston and Hartlepool United coach Hughes has taken the job on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

"[I'm] excited - it's a massive challenge. Terry's done a wonderful job," the 49-year-old told the club's official website. "I want to immerse myself in the fabric of the football club and go and enjoy it. I've come to something special."

Inverness chairman Kenny Cameron added that he is "delighted" to welcome Hughes to the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.

"He is an experienced manager which is what we feel is required in the current scenario we have at our club," he commented.

"He greatly impressed all the directors with his knowledge of the club, his passion and philosophy for the game."

Hughes's first game in charge will see him take second-placed Inverness to St Mirren on Saturday.

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