Terry Butcher made a rod for his own back after telling a clutch of first-team players they had no long-term future at Easter Road, insists former Hibs No.1 Ben Williams.
The English shot-stopper was one of 14 to depart the club after the Hibees were consigned to the Championship following defeat by Hamilton Accies on penalties in last month’s play-off.
Now Williams, who remains on the lookout for a new employer since leaving the Capital, says Butcher made that costly error in a matter of weeks of being appointed last November.
He said: “The manager told some players they would not figure or play much under him and even informed others in January that they should find a new club.
“Terry then had to turn round to those same players when results weren’t going well and say ‘I may have been a bit hasty here as I need you to do a job for me’.
“It puts you in a difficult position with regards to respect and authority.”
After branding Hibs “spoiled” in the aftermath of April’s 2-0 defeat by St Mirren, a comment he stands by, Williams believes there are no excuses for the despair suffered this season.
“You have the chance toimprove yourself as a player at Hibs,” he said. “Any squad at Hibs is spoiled because of the club’s facilities. This was a very talented squad of players that should have been challenging for the top six.”