Where is Michael Hughes now?
Arguably one of the most gifted and natural footballers produced by Northern Ireland in the last two decades, Michael Hughes retired from playing professionally in 2008 after a season at Coventry City.
Over a 23-year career, Hughes made over 500 first-team appearances for nine different clubs including a spell in France playing for Strasbourg.
He was also an important part of the Northern Ireland national team between 1991 and 2004 winning 71 caps and scoring five goals.
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Upon retiring from playing Hughes went into coaching and joined non-league side St Neots Town in 2009 working as assistant to his former Northern Ireland international team-mate Steve Lomas.
Returning to Northern Ireland in 2010, he linked up with former side Carrick Rangers to get experience of the board level and financial side of a club which was part of the Pro-Licence qualification that he was studying for.
He subsequently got the bug and invested heavily in the club which made him the majority shareholder and co-owner.
In late 2011, after the sacking of manager Stephen Small, Hughes took over the manager’s reigns on what was supposed to be a temporary basis.
He ended up staying as manager until September 2013 when he had to resign from his post due to his other commitments inside and outside of football.
Hughes has been working tirelessly to drive the club forward and they have made many recent improvements including the formation of the club’s academy which has teams from under 7’s to under 17’s.
In 2017 he was signed up by Playon as one of their ambassadors. Founded by former England international Viv Anderson Playon is a global network of sports professionals which provide ex-players with an opportunity to keep earning and maintaining their value in retirement.
The network also assists with some of the main issues ex-professionals are faced with when they retire from professional sports such as depression and anxiety.
Michael Hughes: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Crystal Palace, West Ham United, Wimbledon|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com