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John Hughes tells the Scottish FA he deserves an interview to be national boss

Hughes needs Scotland job badly

Former Falkirk and Inverness Caledonian Thistle supervisor John Hughes has gone public to inform the Scottish FA he deserves an interview to be the new national crew boss.

The 53-year-old has cited taking three golf equipment into European competitors – two for the first time of their historical past – and two supervisor of the 12 months awards.

And he famously led Inverness Caledonian Thistle to victory in the 2015 Scottish Cup last.

“The CV speaks for itself,” he mentioned.

“All I’m asking is for a chance to interview.”

The SFA continues to be searching for a substitute for Gordon Strachan, who left the job in October, after Michael O’Neill rejected their method and determined to stay with Northern Ireland in January.

Former Everton and Rangers supervisor Walter Smith has since rejected overtures and one other former Scotland supervisor, Alex McLeish, has develop into the bookmakers’ favorite.

But Hughes, who has been out of labor since Raith Rovers had been relegated from the Scottish Championship at the finish of final season, believes Scotland want a supervisor who has a document of overachieving with the assets at his disposal.

Hughes led Inverness Caledonian Thistle to their first-ever Scottish Cup last triumph

“I’ve done two First Division promotions, manager of the year twice, three cup finals, one Scottish Cup, three teams into Europe, two for the first time in their history with Inverness and Falkirk, and I’ve done it all never working with a cheque book,” he instructed BBC Scotland.

“I think I’ve spent £240,000 and I’ve got 15 years of experience getting the best out of what I’m working with and getting the gold dust out of them.”

Hughes, who was introduced in by Rovers final February in a late bid to keep away from the drop, turned a social media hit for a rant in opposition to his gamers after a 5-Zero thrashing by St Mirren in April.

“The thing at Raith Rovers, that was passion,” he mentioned. “That was a name to arms. That was a rallying cry.

“After that interview, we performed Ayr United and we bought our goalkeeper despatched off in the first two minutes and, have you learnt, we beat them 1-Zero, so one thing got here out of it.

“You tell me a manager who does not have a blot on his copybook.”

Raith Rovers had been relegated final 12 months with Hughes in cost

Hughes, who was lately crushed to the Dundee United job by Csaba Laszlo and has labored for the SFA on teaching programs, recognises that, in soccer, employers have a tendency to method the individuals they need fairly than select from candidates.

“In terms of self publicising yourself, it’s a dangerous game, but I need to do it because I’ve got a passion to go and manage my country,” he mentioned.

“I do believe a lot of people don’t know my achievements.”

Hughes, who was a central defender with Berwick Rangers, Swansea City, Falkirk, Celtic, Hibernian and Ayr United, began his managerial profession with Falkirk.

“[I won] two First Division titles, one of them with Owen Coyle and eventually getting into the SPL and [kept] Falkirk in the SPL for five seasons,” he recalled.

“[I took] them to a Scottish Cup last and into Europe for the first time of their historical past and [built] an academy that was so profitable when it comes to gamers transferring on and dealing with younger gamers and getting the finest out of gamers.

Hughes led Falkirk to Scottish Challenge Cup victory in 2004

“After that, I moved on to Hibs. It was a dream of mine to go and manage the team I supported as boy and took them to fourth and into Europe.”

After a brief spell with Livingston, Hughes joined Hartlepool United, who had been in the midst of a 20-game run with no win, however regardless of an enchancment in outcomes, he failed to steer them away from relegation from League One and was sacked at the finish of his first season.

“I went up to Inverness, took them to the League Cup final – got beat from Aberdeen on penalties – took them to a Scottish Cup final, won it and another team I took into Europe, third in the league,” he mentioned.

“I left Falkirk and they’ve never been in the SPL since and then I left Inverness and they got relegated.”

Hughes believes he is the “perfect fit” to be Strachan’s successor.

“If you look at Scotland, I don’t know where we are in the European standings, but we’re not the best team in Europe, we’re not the best team in the world, and it needs a manager who is going to go in there and create a real club environment, wear your heart on your sleeve, all for one and one for all, let’s get united,” he added.

“That’s my forte and I’ve been training for this job for the last 15 years, why not John Hughes?”

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