Terry Butcher future to be decided in 48 hours

Stating his case: Terry Butcher
Stating his case: Terry Butcher
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Hibs are expected to make a decision on Terry Butcher’s future within the next 48 hours.

The Englishman met with chief executive Leeann Dempster and chairman Rod Petrie yesterday and further talks at boardroom level were set to take place at Easter Road.

Butcher has been on holiday for the past fortnight in the wake of relegation to the Championship, so yesterday was the first proper chance Dempster had to discuss the way forward with the under-fire boss since she officially started her work at the club last Monday.

In an interview at the end of last week, she declined the opportunity to confirm that Butcher would remain in charge, intensifying speculation that he would be sacked just seven months into a three-year contract.

However, after yesterday’s talks, the club were staying tight-lipped on the situation, while Butcher was not contactable.

The fact there was no announcement last night suggests that the meeting was not as straightforward as Dempster simply handing Butcher his marching orders.

The new CEO plans to stamp her own mark on the way the club is run and said she likes to be hands-on with the football side of the business, so she may simply have been outlining the way she operates while simultaneously sizing up Butcher and trying to decide if he is the man she wants to place her faith in to lead the club back up to the Premiership at the first attempt.

Butcher endured calls for his head from angry fans after the play-off defeat to Hamilton Accies a fortnight past Sunday consigned Hibs to relegation.