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By ESPN Staff

Brewster confirmed as Inverness player-manager

Craig Brewster spoke of 'unfinished business' yesterday as he returned for a second spell as Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager.

The 40-year-old returned to management 10 months after being sacked by Dundee United.

Brewster's first, 14-month spell in charge at Inverness proved a resounding success with the club coming close to a top-six finish.

But the £200,000 switch to Dundee United proved disastrous with the club securing only two league wins in nine months.

Brewster, who had been playing for Aberdeen since the start of this year, has left Pittodrie and signed a two-year deal with Inverness.

He confirmed that former boss Charlie Christie's number two Donald Park will remain at the club as his assistant.

Brewster will be in the dug-out tomorrow night for the CIS Insurance Cup tussle with Arbroath, but intends to continue playing at the Caledonian Stadium.

He said: 'I'm just delighted to be back. It's not often you get a second chance and it's up to me to take it. There's unfinished business and that starts today.'

Chairman Alan Savage said: 'Craig is the man we wanted and, more importantly, he wanted to come here.

'He brings discipline and will give the place a lift.

'We thank Aberdeen for their co-operation in letting him come here.'

Savage confirmed Brewster would be allowed to strengthen his squad before Friday's transfer deadline.

He explained: 'There is some budget left should our new manager decide he needs to bring in new players.'

Savage also stressed the board were happy with their choice of new manager.

'I have met Craig socially and he is a great guy although I wouldn't like to cross him,' said Savage.

'The board and David Sutherland, the club's major shareholder, were unanimous in their selection.

'His immediate availability was a bonus but not a factor.'