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New Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Billy Dodds cannot wait to get started


By Andrew Henderson

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Billy Dodds says it was an easy decision to return to Inverness Caledonian Thistle after he was unveiled as the club's new head coach.

Dodds had been part of the team's coaching staff at the end of last season, helping interim manager Neil McCann bring the Caley Jags out of relegation danger and into the promotion play-off hunt.

The former Rangers and Dundee United striker was immediately installed as the favourite for the vacancy once John Robertson moved into a sporting director role, and McCann confirmed he was not interested in doing the job permanently.

Billy Dodds, sitting alongside ICT's chief executive Scot Gardiner, addresses the media for the first time as Inverness head coach. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Billy Dodds, sitting alongside ICT's chief executive Scot Gardiner, addresses the media for the first time as Inverness head coach. Picture: Ken Macpherson

He says that his time at the club in recent months reinvigorated his passion to return to management, and he is now keen to get going as soon as possible.

"It's just a great place to be," Dodds enthused.

"I enjoyed it when I came in, although it was unexpected when I was asked to come in as a number two, but I think it gave me the appetite to really enjoy my football.

"I went away for a couple of days and had a think about it, and coming in as number two was one of the best decisions I've ever made in football.

"I loved my time here, I think you saw that with our performance levels and the way things were about the club, and that was a big factor in me making the decision to come here.

"Coming in for those six or seven weeks was brilliant for me. I thoroughly enjoyed it, we had success at the club, and you see the type of player that's here and we know the pathway for where we hopefully are going.

"That gave me the appetite, so it was a no-brainer when the interview process came up, it was an easy decision. Once Scot offered me the job, I just couldn't wait to get started."


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