Former Watford manager Malky Mackay has been appointed as the new manager of Ross County.

The 49-year-old, who has also managed Cardiff and Wigan, stepped down as the Scottish Football Association’s performance director last November after four years in the post.

He replaces John Hughes, who chose not to stay on as Staggies boss earlier this week having successfully secured the club’s place in the Scottish Premiership after being hired on a short-term basis back in December.

On Wednesday a statement on the club’s official website read: “Ross County can today confirm the appointment of Malky Mackay as the club’s new manager.

“For the last four years, Malky was performance director at the Scottish FA, and more recently has been engaged by UEFA and FIFA on special projects.

“In appointing Malky, the club feel that we have an individual who has vast experience, essential leadership skills and strong knowledge of the game as well as being a respected figure throughout football with extensive contacts that will be essential in developing the next chapter of our club.

“As well as having been a manager, Malky brings great experience at performance development level as well as in strategic planning and governance.

“This was clearly shown during his tenure as performance director at the Scottish FA, where he was also proud to take interim management of his national side.

“Ross County very much feel like this is the start of a new chapter on our journey and look forward to supporting Malky in every way possible to help drive the club forward.”