Tom Taiwo: Butcher didn’t believe in me at Hibs

Tom Taiwo says that the Hibs coaching team 'didn't believe in him'. Pic: SNS

Tom Taiwo says that the Hibs coaching team 'didn't believe in him'. Pic: SNS

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Former Hibs midfielder Tom Taiwo today revealed how then Hibs boss Terry Butcher had lost the support of the Easter Road dressing room by thinking all the players “were poor”.

Englishman Taiwo, 25, who recently signed a two-year deal with Peter Houston’s Falkirk, felt unwanted upon Butcher’s arrival last November and said that several members of the first-team squad felt their time at the club was up before they were given a chance to prove themselves.

On Butcher’s stewardship and his Falkirk move, Taiwo said: “It’s nice to play where you feel wanted. The boss (Houston) said he was desperate to sign me , which is a great feeling. Not what I was used to at Hibs.

“We knew the manager thought we were all poor from day one. He said publicly we were surplus to requirements and that he’d get new players in.

“Terry and Maurice Malpas didn’t believe in me when they first came in, then they said they needed me and I’d done well.”

Butcher was sacked as Hibs manager after the club were relegated to the Championship.