Hughes rues Stokes sale
John Hughes has spoken of his frustration after losing his job so soon after the sale of Anthony Stokes.
Last Updated: 09/11/10 8:44pm
Former Hibernian boss John Hughes has spoken of his frustration after losing his job so soon after the club sold top goalscorer Anthony Stokes.
The former Hibs defender-turned-manager left the Easter Road hotseat last month after the club won only one of their first 10 games this term.
He departed four games after top-scorer Stokes moved to Celtic in a deal which earned the club more than £1million.
Hughes said: "My biggest disappointment and a wee bit of frustration (was that) seven games into the season you lose the top goalscorer and then four games after that you're out the door.
"I will take it on the chin and get on with it, that's open to the supporters' and pundits' interpretation of it.
"I just felt a wee bit let down, losing your goalscorer seven games into the season and looking at those seven games in more depth, knowing the plans that were going on at the club and never getting the opportunity to follow them through."
Hughes had persuaded Stokes to move to Easter Road from Sunderland on the back of their successful spell together at Falkirk, and was rewarded with 22 goals last season.
He added: "If I knew four games after we let (Stokes) go to Celtic that I would be out of a job, I would have fought harder to keep him.
"I thought there might be a bit in the club to understand, batten down the hatches, we're losing 22 goals."
Hughes has now urged the Hibs board to give his successor Colin Calderwood time to stamp his own mark on the club.
He said: "I'm 100% behind Colin Calderwood.
"I'm banging the drum right now - give that guy three or four years. Let him get his own men in, get his own players in and do it his way.
"Football in Scotland is a fickle business, everybody needs time."