Falkirk legend John Hughes has confirmed that he’d “like the opportunity” to speak with the Bairns about replacing Ray McKinnon as manager – but admits that he’d have some big questions for the Falkirk board about the ‘ambition’ at the club.

Yogi was a hero as both a player and manager for the Bairns and thinks his old club needs to be “grabbed by the scruff of the neck” after several years of poor results.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 22: John Hughes coach of Hibernian reacts during the Clydesdale Bank during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match between Hibernian and Rangers at Easter Road stadium on August 22, 2010 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Lee Miller and David McCracken have been put in interim charge following McKinnon’s sacking – and Hughes hopes the duo can do well and get the Bairns headed back towards the Championship.

“I wouldn’t want to see them unstuck, that’s for sure, and if they were looking for a manager to go in there and steady the ship I’d have put my services forward,” Hughes told BBC Sportsound, as quoted by the Daily Record.


“I’d like the opportunity to talk to them, just about where they’re going, how are they going to achieve it. Is the ambition there? Is the enthusiasm there to drive the club forward? Because that’s what it needs, it needs to be grabbed by the scruff of the neck.

“Then there’s the style of football, have you got players at your club or do you have to identify players that can come and play that style of football. So those would be the questions I’d have to ask.

“But I’m all for young guys, I do a lot of work for the SFA with all the young coaches coming through and I like to see young guys get an opportunity. So I hope Lee and big Cracks do well, but it’s all about getting results and that division isn’t going to be easy.”

Since leaving Falkirk a decade ago, Hughes has had spells with Livingston, Hibs, Hartlepool United, Raith Rovers and Inverness CT to varying levels of success.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 30: Inverness Caledonian Thistle's manager John Hughes and Falkirk's manager Peter Houston during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final match between Falkirk and Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Hampden Park, on May 30, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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During his time at Inverness, he took the Jags to their first-ever major final, won the Scottish Cup and took them into the Europa League.

With Miller and McCracken getting started tonight when they face Linlithgow Rose in the Scottish Cup, it’ll be interesting to see which direction the Bairns take moving forward and whether they look back to the future with someone like Yogi or look for a fresh start in their bid to return to the Championship.

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