RICHARD HASTINGS: DRIVING INVERURIE LOCO WORKS FC FORWARD
- Canada legend takes on his first managerial post in the professional ranks at top Highland League club in Scotland
- Win in his first home game in charge powers his side up to third in the table
- Earned 59 caps for his country and played the night of Super Caley Go Ballistic Celtic Are Atrocious
CANADA legend Richard Hastings has taken his first step into professional management as boss of Scottish Highland League side Inverurie Loco Works FC.
The 44-year-old former Inverness Caledonian Thistle left-back and Sport Careers Agency client has signed a three-year contract with the club and is now settling into the task of driving the team forward.
Hastings, who landed his UEFA A Licence in the same SFA group as SCA Managing Director Piero Carrino, has established a rock-solid coaching reputation in Scottish coaching circles.
Richard spent five years as Head Coach of Caley's Under-17s squad and was also Head of Youth Academy and Under-18 Head Coach at Premiership club Ross County.
Now he is in the technical area in his own right as The Gaffer in the fiercely competitive Highland League and he said: "I am absolutely delighted to be joining Inverurie Loco Works FC as their new manager and am excited to get started.
”It is a great opportunity to be joining a club with ambitions that match my own and I look forward to working extremely hard to achieve our common goals."
Hastings the player had a storied career both in Scotland at club level and on the international stage with Canada.
Richard played 358 games for Inverness Caley and was part of one of THE great Scottish Cup upsets.
February 7, 2000, saw the Steve Paterson team that Hastings was a key part of dismantle the mighty Celtic 3-1 on the Hoops' own turf in Glasgow.
Caley were a Championship team at that time, it was a huge shock and it cost Liverpool icon John Barnes his job as the Celtic manager the morning after the match.
On the international front Richard, who was born in Prince George, British Columbia, earned 59 caps with the Maple Leaf on his chest.
He scored a solitary Canada goal from his defensive beat but he timed it perfectly.
It was the Golden Goal clincher in the dramatic 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-final win against Mexico and his team went on to clinch that trophy.
A rare triumph for Canada in a tournament of that magnitude.
Spells at Grazer AK in Austria and MVV Maastricht in Holland added to Hastings' cosmopolitan CV.
Now Richard brings all that playing experience and know-how and the coaching nous he has been gathering to Inverurie.
Highland League leaders Fraserburgh handed Locos their first defeat of the league season with a 3-0 reverse in Hastings' first official game in charge.
Yesterday (Saturday, September 4) Richard coached his first home game at Harlaw Park against Fortmartine United in a clash that was 6th v 7th before kick-off.
Happily, it was a joyday for Hastings and his team as they chalked up an excellent 3-1 win.
Those three priceless points now power Richard's side up into third in the table and give him a solid platform to build upon in the weeks to come.