TERRY BUTCHER admits he faces a big decision over who will be captain of his Hibs side.
James McPake was club skipper under former manager Pat Fenlon, but, mainly due to injury, he has started only four matches this season. Even when he has been fit, Michael Nelson and Paul Hanlon were generally preferred at centre-back towards the end of Fenlon’s reign.
Ben Williams has worn the armband in McPake’s absence, but Butcher admits he is not a fan of goalkeepers as captains.
The recently-installed manager has been impressed with what he has seen from both Williams and McPake but, despite admitting he has picked his team for Saturday’s trip to St Mirren – his first match in charge – Butcher, left, has yet to make a final decision on who will skipper the club over the long term.
“I haven’t even thought about that yet,” said Butcher, a former captain himself. “I don’t know who is playing yet [at St Mirren]. Well, I do, I have my team in my head. James has been captain, Ben has been captain. I don’t particularly like goalkeepers being captains but Ben is great, he has been very vocal in what he has said, both after the Caley Thistle game and in the dressing-room.”
Other potential candidates to inherit the armband would include Kevin Thomson, Owain Tudur Jones and Nelson.
Butcher confirmed a deal to bring his trusty scout and goalkeeping coach, Steve Marsella, from Inverness is “nearly done”, while the futures of current Hibs coaches Alan Maybury and Scott Thomson remain up in the air as the new man continues shaping his backroom team.
Tim Clancy’s hopes of stepping up his return from injury suffered a blow as Hibs’ Under-20 match against Kilmarnock, in which the defender was earmarked to play, was postponed last night due to a frozen pitch at Almondvale.