Michael Hughes steps down as Carrick Rangers manager

Michael Hughes has been appointed Carrick manager on a permanent basis
Michael Hughes has been appointed Carrick manager on a permanent basis

Former Northern Ireland star Michael Hughes has stepped down from his position as manager of mid-table Championship One side Carrick Rangers.

Hughes will remain as the club's chief executive and majority shareholder, with experienced player Gary Haveron taking over the reins as manager.

Hughes said his commitments inside and outside of football meant he could not devote "the necessary time and energy".

The ex-Manchester City player replaced Stephen Small at the start of 2012.

At that stage, Carrick were a Premiership side, but were struggling to make an impact, leading to the dismissal of Small in December, 2011.

Rangers had been forced to play all their home games at the home of Premiership rivals Seaview because of ongoing work at their Taylor's Avenue ground.

"The board have known of my intention for more than eight weeks now," said Hughes on Monday.

"The board had a meeting and they interviewed a shortlist of candidates and Gary was chosen and has accepted the appointment as head coach.

"I don't want to reveal the names of the others who were interviewed, but I should point out that I sat out of the process because I didn't feel it appropriate for me, as chief executive, to be involved in that."

Carrick currently lie seventh in Championship One, with two wins, two draws and a defeat from their opening five league fixtures.