New boss Yogi in no mood to rock the Inverness boat

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New Inverness manager John Hughes has vowed to rule with a velvet glove rather than an iron fist.

Hughes takes over with Caley Thistle in the best position of their history thanks to the work of predecessor Terry Butcher and his assistant, Maurice Malpas.

Inverness have won three games since Butcher left to take their winning run to five and sit second in the Scottish Premiership ahead of Saturday’s trip to St Mirren Park, as well as still being in both cup competitions.

And Hughes knows he needs to keep things going rather than instigate change.

He said: “I don’t believe there is a place these days for hitting players with a big stick.

“I’m here to help them and guide them, they will know I am in it with them and want the best for them.

“If they give us their best shot and it doesn’t happen then we will pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and go again. I feel that’s the ingredients of any good football club. Plus a spirit and no big egos, and that is so evident at this club, it’s a real family club.

“I get the feeling at this club that the secret is keeping your head down and letting your football do the talking and that suits me.”

Caley Thistle skipper Richie Foran was delighted with the appointment and believes Hughes can inspire them to continued improvement.

Foran said: “He hasn’t got this big massive ego where he wants to come in and change things, which is perfect for the players

“He is going to sit back and watch us but he is going to try to improve us as well.

“We are second at the moment, in the semi-final of the League Cup and the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.

“But we want more, we are hungry for more, and he is the man who can help us get it.”