CIRENCESTER TOWN have re-appointed Brian Hughes as their manager following the weekend resignation of Adi Viveash.

Hughes took Ciren up to the Southern Premier in the 2003/4 season during his previous four-and-a-half year spell as boss at the club.

He will meet the players for the first time at training on Tuesday night and faces his first test as the new manager when his side visits Slough Town on Saturday.

Confirming the appointment on Monday night, Town chairman Steve Abbley said: “Brian was our first manager after moving to the Corinium Stadium and had a successful previous spell with the club.

“I think he will steady the ship. He has a lot of local support and is well-liked. I am delighted to have him back.”

Hughes resigned from his post as manager in May 2006 for personal reasons.

Abbley added: “Brian got us promoted to the Southern Premier and then kept us in that division against all the odds.

“He knew the team needed a major overhaul at that time but he could not commit himself because he was going though a messy divorce.

“I saw him socially about six weeks ago and he said how he was missing his involvement in football and how he wanted to get back.

“I put in the call on the off chance after Adi’s resignation and I had a chat with Brian on Monday.

“He’s put his difficulties behind him and seems to have his appetite for the game back.

“He has been out of football for two years but he has kept watching games – it is not like he has been away for ten years.”