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Thomas Meggle hails ‘fighter’ John Hughes as Dunfermline sporting director reveals plans for supporter summit

Planning: Hughes, left, Meggle
Planning: Hughes, left, Meggle

Thomas Meggle insists Championship survival is the sole priority for Dunfermline under new boss John Hughes.

The Pars started the season with grand plans for a title challenge with Peter Grant at the helm.

However, Grant’s dire 156-day reign has resulted in the Fifers sitting rock-bottom of the second tier, five points adrift of guaranteed safety.

As such, the Dunfermline sporting director has charged Hughes with pulling off a great escape — just as he did with Ross County in the Premiership last term.

“The club is in a quite difficult situation and until the end of the season there is only one objective: to avoid relegation,” said Meggle.

“That is the reason we determined the profile and searched for a stabiliser who can give us a high probability to stay in the Championship.

Sporting Director: Meggle

Confidence is quite low in the team and he [Hughes] is enthusiastic; a guy who is a motivator.

“That is an important criteria to give the players their confidence back.

“I was impressed at how he handled the interview process; a great person and a fighter.

“He was a fighter on the pitch and now he will fight for the club — together with me, the players and fans.

“And under the right pre-conditions, he can be the guy who develops the team to a better performance next season.”

Standout candidate

A Dunfermline statement on Friday confirmed that the Pars narrowed their search for Grant’s successor down to two standout candidates.

However, Hughes was the board’s ‘unanimous’ choice.

New man: Hughes

“We had many applications to be manager,” continued Meggle. “Dunfermline is an interesting club for many managers.

“Other candidates were targeted and we prepared a long list and decided who we take for the interview.

“We decided to only interview a few managers and find out who was the right person for the job.”

‘Responsible people’

Meanwhile, Meggle — a member of the Pars’ ownership group DAFC Fussball GmbH — has confirmed an intention to meet supporters.

“There might be some questions for John and we will try to organise a meeting as soon as possible,” the former St Pauli star told Dunfermline’s official website.

“It is important at this stage because I think many fans have questions to the responsible people at the football club.”

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