Hughes and Foot land permanent Boro job

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Bryan Hughes and Paul Foot have been appointed as joint-managers of Scarborough Athletic on a permanent basis.

The pair took over in a caretaker capacity after Rudy Funk’s resignation at the beginning of November.

After a shaky start they soon pulled Boro round and have gone on a run of five consecutive victories.

Chairman Dave Holland and the board have been in negotiations over the past few days to conclude a deal with the duo.

Holland said: “We wanted to get this concluded before the festive period, we hope it comes as a Christmas present to the fans.

“I was very surprised by the interest we received in the job when Rudy handed in his resignation. We were always keen to give Bryan and Paul the opportunity though because they were Rudy’s appointments.

“They haven’t let us down.

“The changing room, the fans and the members of the board have all responded positively, that is all you can ask for.

“It was a little intimidating starting contract negotiations with an ex-Premier League player and an ex-Conference player, but we got what we wanted and I know they feel the same.”

Holland added: “We gave them specific tasks when they came in originally, the main one being that we need to have more joined-up thinking across the club.

“They were already well ahead of us, having forged links with Nigel Carson and Steve Roberts in the youth set-up, which we feel is key to the future of the club.”