Hughes thanks players for Boro opportunity

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Bryan Hughes has thanked his Scarborough Athletic players for getting him and Paul Foot their joint-manager roles at the club.

Boro have been in terrific form since the pair seized the reins on a caretaker basis from the departing Rudy Funk.

Hughes believes that the run of five successive victories played a huge part in the board’s decision to hand them the job.

“I have to take my hat off to the lads, they got us the job,” said Hughes.

“It isn’t down to Paul and myself. We do the preparation, but it is the lads who go out go over that line and do their bit.

“Their levels of performance have been fantastic and I would like every one of them for that.”

Hughes is now looking to play his part in giving the Boro fans something to cheer.

He added: “The fans are massive at this club.

“I have been lucky enough to sample what it was like to win a promotion with Scarborough Athletic.

“The fact that we took nearly 1,000 supporters to Brighouse was one of the main reasons I stayed when I had offers of playing elsewhere.”

And Hughes certainly isn’t using Boro as a stepping stone to bigger things. He is keen to achieve his goals at Queensgate and then back in Scarborough when the club finally move home.

“This isn’t a stepping stone, I’m here for the long term,” Hughes added.

“I feel lucky to be involved with a great club with great foundations to progress.

“I have spoken to a lot of ex-professionals out of the game and I feel lucky to have a club that can bring the desire to achieve out of me.

“We want to take this club to a different level and I think that we can bring that.

“Firstly though I think that we have to be looking at automatic promotion or the play-offs, which were the goals we set at the start of the season.

“The results we have had recently have given us a great chance of that.

“We have four or five tough games over the Christmas period and then we will see where we are because that is when the league starts to pan out.

“We are in good shape at the moment and we will be looking to take advantage of that.”