Raith Rovers have announced that manager John Hughes has left the club after the Kirkcaldy club’s relegation to League One.
The Championship side lost their penalty shoot-out against League One side Brechin City in the Championship Play-off Semi Final.
A statement on the club’s official website, read: “Raith Rovers FC announces that we have this evening parted company with manager John Hughes and assistant manager Kevin McBride.”
The 52-year-old, who replaced Gary Locke in February on a short term deal until the end of the season, speaking following the play-off defeat said: “I really feel for the supporters. This club, with the supporters, needs to come back strong.
“I feel for everyone involved with Raith Rovers. There will be repercussions, that’s for sure, but I’m hoping that the club can stay full-time. This club will get back to where it should be.
“I’ve really enjoyed working with them. There are a lot of guys hurting in there.”
Reaction to Hughes’ departure was mixed as fans took to social media:
@RaithRovers_FC Good. Hughes wasn’t up for it after a couple of games. But accountability lies with Drysdale
— Dave JM (@Kezzang69) May 13, 2017
@RaithRovers_FC no surprises, lets give Craig Easton a chance to build up the club again please
— williamlcummings (@soccerdad1994d) May 13, 2017
— paul pasquale (@weepaul68) May 13, 2017
@RaithRovers_FC Good riddance. Appalled at way Hughes treated players in public from 1st defeat onwards. God knows what it was like behind closed doors.
— Manic Pop Thrills (@manicpopthrlls) May 13, 2017
@RaithRovers_FC Now it’s time for the board to go!!!Mcdairmid young Ciara Mcdairmid.. the whole lot of them.
Get out the club!!! DESTROYED THE CL
— craig duncan (@craigd1287) May 13, 2017
@RaithRovers_FC good decision. He was given one job and he failed to do it. Interested to see who the board brings in next to rebuild the squad from scratch
— Ryan Brown (@merryroversrule) May 13, 2017
@RaithRovers_FC Hope most of those heartless players follow. Come on can’t win a playoff with Brechin … Gutless
— Simon Ritchie (@RitchieSi) May 13, 2017
@RaithRovers_FC Let’s be serious was he ever going to stay past end of season anyway
— Ryan Hay (@Jock_9) May 13, 2017