JOHN ROBERTSON has returned to Inverness for a second spell as manager.
The 52-year-old, who was boss of the Highlanders between 2002 and 2004, replaces Richie Foran who departed following relegation from the Ladbrokes Premiership last season.
Robertson leaves his head of coach education post at Hearts, where he spent 18 years at a player and manager.
Inverness chairman Willie Finlayson told the club’s official website: “We had an excellent interview process with some strong candidates but John emerged as our unanimous choice.
“We were hugely impressed with his tremendous drive, determination, communication and motivational skills.
“He clearly has a great knowledge of the game in Scotland and is both well respected and connected. We firmly believe he is the right man to lead us back into the Premiership.
“We would also like to thank Hearts for their very professional approach. John was doing a great job for them but they recognised his desire to get back into the dugout.”
Inverness won promotion to the top flight for the first time under Robertson’s guidance in 2003.
The former Scotland international striker left the Highlanders in 2004 to return to Hearts as head coach and has had spells in charge at Ross County, Livingston, Derry City and East Fife.
Hearts owner Ann Budge told the club’s official website: “Everyone at Heart of Midlothian would like to congratulate Robbo on his return to management, offer him its sincerest thanks for playing his part in the club’s revival, and wish him and his new club every success with their Championship campaign.”