Inverness: John Hughes and Kenny Shiels in for manager's job

By Jim Spence and Chick YoungBBC Scotland
Kenny Shiels

Former Hibernian manager John Hughes has joined ex-Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels in expressing an interest in the vacancy at Inverness Caley Thistle.

Inverness are seeking a replacement for Terry Butcher, who moved to Hibernian on Tuesday.

Hughes was sacked by Hartlepool United in May, is keen to return to management and has applied for the job.

But it is believed that Inverness have already talked to Shiels about the vacancy at Caledonian Stadium.

John Hughes
Hughes has been out of a job since leaving Hartlepool in the summer

He would probably team up again with fellow Northern Irishman Jimmy Nicholl, who was his assistant at Rugby Park until his departure from Kilmarnock at the end of last season.

Nicholl has just left Hibs, where he had been number two to Pat Fenlon and then caretaker once the Irishman exited Easter Road.

Hibs were the last Scottish top-flight side to be managed by Hughes, who began his touchline career with Falkirk before a season in Edinburgh.

He had a nine-month spell with Livingston in 2012 and was sacked by Hartlepool after failing to prevent his new club from being relegated to League Two last season.

Inverness say they have had dozens of applications for their managerial vacancy.