Terry Butcher: I'm still in love with the Hibernian job despite poor form

Terry Butcher, Hibernian, March 2014.
The boss: Terry Butcher was in high spirits at Hibs training despite some disappointing recent displays.© SNS Group

Hibernian manager Terry Butcher claims he is still “in love” with his job at Easter Road – despite slow progress at Easter Road.

A 3-1 reverse away to Partick Thistle last week left Butcher and Hibs with just two victories in 2014, and the boss has claimed just five wins from his 18 games in charge since moving from Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

An exasperated Butcher slammed his side after the Firhill collapse, claiming he could field the club’s youngsters for the remainder of the season, but the Englishman insisted he was still delighted to be at Easter Road.

Asked if he had underestimated the size of the task that lay in wait to bring the good times back to the capital club, Butcher said: “No, I knew how big the job was and it is a fantastic job.

“I’m still in love with it, very much.

“I want to do well for the Hibernian supporters, for the club and for the players.

“We are very frustrated at the moment and very disappointed with results but we know we can turn things round.

“A good result and performance on Saturday can help clear away a few clouds and we’ll hopefully see some sunshine.”

Given his scathing analysis of the team last week, Butcher admitted he has begun plans for player recruitment during the summer.

However he said that he and the squad must focus on the rest of this season if their slim hopes of making the top six are to be realised.

Referring to a potential off-season overhaul, Butcher said: “It’s in the back of my mind. I’ve talked with Steve [Marsella], Maurice [Malpas] and the chairman [Rod Petrie] so we have started to look at that.

“I don’t think people think about who is coming in, it’s about the players who are here now.

“The ones I select for my first eleven have the opportunity and are in charge of their own destiny.”

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