'A good opportunity for Hughes' - Iraola

Richard Hughes
Richard Hughes

Andoni Iraola has wished technical director Richard Hughes well after he was appointed sporting director for Liverpool from the end of the season.

However, the Bournemouth boss is confident the succession planning at Vitality Stadium means he will not be missed.

"We knew some weeks ago he was leaving," Iraola told BBC Radio Solent. "He has been very important in establishing me here and I wish him all the best.

"It is a good opportunity for him and I hope he does well.

"But the club will continue working in the same way. Simon [Francis] was working with him last year and knows exactly what this club means."

Iraola would not be drawn on whether Hughes may return to the Cherries to poach any of their talent for Liverpool, laughing and adding: "We have not talked about any players specifically but you never know!

"We don't know what is going to happen when the market opens in the summer."