Hibs sack manager Terry Butcher

Terry Butcher's reign at Hibs ended with relegation to the Championship. Pic: SNS
Terry Butcher's reign at Hibs ended with relegation to the Championship. Pic: SNS
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Terry Butcher has been sacked as manager of Hibs after seven months in charge of the Easter Road club.

The former England captain was relieved of his duties this afternoon after he held discussions with the club’s chairman Rod Petrie and chief executive Leeann Dempster yesterday. The club’s board convened this morning and unanimously decided the best move was to change manager.

Butcher took control of Hibs on November 12 last year, with the club sitting in seventh place in the Premiership. Hibs ended the season in 11th place and were relegated to the Championship after losing a play-off with Hamilton Accies on penalties. Hibs won six matches out of 29 during his tenure across all competitions.

In a club statement, Dempster said: “I have to say that we all regret that this decision had to be made, but during conversation it became clear that a different approach was needed.

“Sadly, for a variety of reasons and perhaps including unfortunate timing, it hasn’t worked out for Terry here. That is disappointing for all concerned. I am genuinely saddened that we have had to take this tough decision.   

“It may have taken longer than we all would have liked but I felt it was appropriate that we met properly and had a full discussion before any decision was made.

“Now we need to move forward and act to bring in a new manager with the aim of getting us promoted back to where Hibernian belongs, in the top league of Scottish football, from a uniquely competitive Championship.

“Our first aim must be to try to win the league and gain promotion automatically.

“The search now begins to find and appoint the next Manager, and while we will try to keep supporters updated regarding the process as much as we can, I know they will understand that we need to be professional in all that we do.

“Unfortunately Assistant Manager Maurice Malpas is abroad on holiday at present and I want to meet him on his return to explain the situation at the Club.”

Dempster is expected to lead the process in recruiting a new manager for the club’s attempt at gaining promotion from the Championship next season.