JAMES COLLINS reckons that Terry Butcher’s arrival as the next Hibs manager will signal a fresh start for all of the Easter Road squad.
The Capital club and Inverness are still in the final stages of hammering out a compensation deal but Butcher is expected to be confirmed as Pat Fenlon’s replacement within the next 24 hours.
The Englishman was seated in the Easter Road stand at the weekend to see Caley rack up a convincing 2-0 victory and witnessed one of the poorest performances produced by the home side all season.
Collins, who gave away the spot-kick for Caley’s opener, has been in and out of the side since signing from Swindon Town for £200,000 in July and is keen to see everyone start on a clean slate under Butcher.
The 22-year-old striker said: “Obviously, I was brought into the club by the last manager so him leaving is a difficult one for me. But it is a fresh start for everyone here and hopefully it will be a case of impressing him in training and then going out on the pitch and doing the same in a game situation. I just want to get off on the right foot and get some results back on the board. We didn’t know that he was watching, obviously a lot of people were talking about it beforehand.
“It has been difficult not knowing what is going on but hopefully it will all be worked out soon and everything can be resolved. Hopefully the new manager will mean a fresh start for myself and all of the boys and he can get the troops going again.”
Jimmy Nicholl, who revealed after the game that he had already cleared his desk in anticipation of Butcher’s arrival, admitted that he was disappointed with the way that things had panned out.
Former Northern Ireland international Nicholl, like Collins, has only been at the club for a few short months but next expects to be moving on again.
“I was really enjoying my football,” he admitted. “I just want to see what the next few days bring.”