Veteran duo join Scarborough Athletic

Gazette & Herald: Brian Hughes, right. Brian Hughes, right.

SCARBOROUGH Athletic have appointed veteran players Bryan Hughes and Paul Foot as joint assistant-managers.

Both have signed new contracts with the Evo-Stik League division one south outfit until 2017.

Much-travelled former Birmingham City, Charlton and Hull midfielder Hughes, 37, joined the Seadogs in 2013. Centre-back Foot, 33, is a former North Ferriby skipper and knows Northern Premier League football inside out.

Boro boss Rudy Funk told the club's website: “This is a massive boost for the club.

“Paul leads by example on the field with his battling performances and the passion he has for Scarborough Athletic. He has a real desire to succeed and to have someone like that as my assistant is superb.

“Bryan has played at the highest level and has brought so much to the club since he joined us. To have his experience to tap into in the dugout and in the changing room will only help us in the future.”

Foot said: “I am really looking forward to working alongside Bryan and Rudy to bring success to Scarborough Athletic. It is a natural next step in my career. I am a natural leader and I feel that this job is a perfect opportunity for me.

“The remaining five games are a real chance for the players to show us what they can do and why they should be involved next season.”

The appointments followed Saturday's 3-0 win over Market Drayton Town, which meant a place in the play-offs remains a mathematical - if very slim - possibility.

Ben Middleton gave Boro a first-half lead and second-half strikes from Grant Ryan and, late on, Ryan Blott sealed the points.

Boro's match at Sheffield last night (Tuesday) was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Next up for the seventh-placed Seadogs is the visit of second-placed title-chasers Leek Town on Saturday (3pm).

Meanwhile, Whitby Town were pegged back in a 1-1 draw at lowly Marine in the premier division on Saturday.

Graeme Armstrong gave the mid-table Blues the lead two minutes after half-time but Marine, desperate for points to stay above the drop zone, equalised after 75 minutes through John Shaw.

Whitby host Kings Lynn Town tonight (Wednesday, 7.45pm) and travel to Matlock Town on Saturday (3pm), both clubs having only remote chances of getting in the play-offs.

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