Inverness CT: Brian Rice stays on as assistant manager

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland
Inverness CT assistant manager Brian Rice
Rice also worked with former Caley Thistle boss John Hughes at Falkirk and Hibernian

New Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Richie Foran has retained Brian Rice as his assistant.

Rice, 52, was recruited by previous manager John Hughes last summer and is contracted with the Highland club for the next two seasons.

"He's one of the best coaches I've worked with," former club captain Foran told BBC Scotland.

"He's a workaholic. He's very passionate about his football and I'm delighted he's staying on."

Foran, 35, was appointed as Hughes' successor on a four-year deal at the end of May and the Irishman has immersed himself in the early stages of his first managerial role.

"It's my first job in 17 years," he joked. "It has been hectic but I'm loving every minute.

"You've got to embrace it though it's not too far from being 24/7.

"I'll give it my all and believe I'm the right man for the job. I'm dedicated to the club and I'm dedicated to the city.

"I know the player's needs and know how to improve them. I've got to step back and distance myself from the players which they'll understand."

Search for new recruits

Foran revealed that he is targeting "three of four" new players that supporters might "get quite excited about" if deals can be finalised.

Their first competitive league action will come away to Partick Thistle on 6 August.

"Every game is tough and Alan Archibald done a really good job for Thistle," said Foran after the fixtures were revealed. "They play attractive football.

"We did save one of our best performances of the season for there when we won 4-1 at the end of last term."

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