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John Hughes quits Livingston to become new manager of Hartlepool United

Manager leaves the West Lothian outfit to take up role at English League One side.

Livingston manager John Hughes
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John Hughes has left Livingston to take up the manager’s role at Hartlepool United.

Hughes has taken up the position at the English League One club after nine months at the West Lothian outfit.

The former Falkirk and Hibernian boss, 48, joins up at Hartlepool immediately.

Speaking on the official Livingston website, director of football John Collins said he was disappointed by not surprised to lose the manager.

Collins said: "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."

Hartlepool chief executive Russ Green said he was convined Hughes, a no-nonsense defender with Falkirk, Hibs and Celtic in his playing days, was the right man to take them forward.

Green said: "We have taken our time, assessed our options and John is the choice we are all extremely happy with.

"He has a vision for the football club, he has a passion and a drive to succeed and we hope that the fans will be as excited as we have to have him in place."

Coach Gareth Evans will take interim charge of the Livingston first team.

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