Paul Kane: Axe should’ve been faster

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Terry Butcher’s reign at Hibs should have come to grief days and not weeks after Hibs were relegated to the Championship according to Paul Kane, the frontman of the ‘Petrie Out’ campaign.

Former midfielder Kane, who spent eight seasons with the Easter Road club and is a lifelong supporter, believes this was a tactic employed by the Hibs board in a bid to alleviate some of the pressure on under fire chairman Rod Petrie.

“The board can say what they want,” Kane said on Butcher’s sacking, “that it was under Leeann Dempster’s watch but they should have sacked him two days after the play-off defeat. The Hibs fans aren’t silly. They know it was under Rod’s watch.

“I think the reason they kept it for Dempster was simply to take the pressure off Petrie. We could have had a new manager by now and we could have been signing players. Now we only have two weeks before pre-season starts.”

Kane also alluded to the increased revenue that has been used in recent seasons with Hibs having relinquished the services of five managers in little more than six years.

He said: “That is more money to pay off a management team and that must be close to a total of £1 million we have paid out to the likes of Pat Fenlon, Colin Calderwood, John Hughes and Mixu Paatelainen.

“That is only the managers, what if you started talking about the players too.”

Dempster explained why Petrie joined her in the meeting with Butcher on Monday prior to yesterday’s sacking. She said: “Rod was at the meeting with Terry, the reason Rod was at the meeting is straight forward: Rod is our chairman and therefore he should be at these meetings. It would be good for people to remember that it was Rod that appointed Terry and therefore Rod certainly wanted to be involved in that process and give Terry that respect.”