Scottish Premiership - Foran sees bright future for Caley

Inverness captain Richie Foran believes the best is yet to come for the club as they adapt to life after Terry Butcher and Maurice Malpas.

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Scottish Premiership - Foran sees bright future for Caley

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Richie Foran has described Inverness as 'a very special football club'

Under-20s coaches Duncan Shearer and Scott Kellacher will take the team for the Scottish Premiership visit of St Johnstone and Foran insists the players are over their management team's departure for Hibernian.

His assertion is supported by the fact that Caley Thistle went to Easter Road and beat Hibs 2-0 24 hours after Butcher told them he was going to Leith on a permanent basis.

Butcher's assistant, Malpas, quickly followed but Foran emphatically quashed speculation that he might join the pair in Edinburgh when he signed a new three-year contract earlier this week.

And Foran is convinced the club, who are second in the table with a League Cup semi-final against Hearts to look forward to, can continue to progress.

The Irishman, who worked under Butcher and Malpas at Motherwell, told CaleyJagsTV: "I wanted to get it done as soon as I could. I didn't want to have that distraction in the dressing room with the players thinking will I or won't I go in January.

"The club is moving forward. I want to be part of that and I still believe the best is yet to come. It's a special dressing room.

"I learned a lot from Terry Butcher and Maurice Malpas but I think I can teach the players some of what I have learned and make us a better squad even.

"It's sad to see Terry and Mo go, a wonderful manager and a wonderful coach. All the players learnt a lot from them.

"They made us better players and better people and they will be missed, but these things happen in football. We put it to bed last week. You have to in football.

"Training has been excellent. Terry probably would have told you many times that those lads manage themselves. They are easy to captain because they do things right, they are 100 per cent professional, motivated players. They have got desire and hunger.

"We are enjoying the challenge. It's an extra layer of responsibility for a few of us, which I love. They boys have stepped right up, as we showed against Hibs, one of our best performances of the season.

"At times like this, you worry about your mental strengths, particularly how the young players are going to react when a big personality like that leaves. But the boys have stepped right up and it's in the back of their minds now.

"We are fully focused on the job in hand and we don't want to let each other down."

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