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Challenge Accepted

12 Nov 2013 23:18:47

Challenge Accepted

Terry Butcher doesn't look like a man who is scared of a challenge. He faces perhaps his biggest in taking on the Hibs job

Terry Butcher has picked up the poisoned chalice that is the managers post at Easter Road and admitted that the lure of managing a 'huge club like Hibernian' proved impossible for him to not pick it up. The former Rangers and England defender has agreed a three year deal after spending almost five years in charge of Inverness Caledonian Thistle who beat his new team on Saturday with Butcher in the stands. The man who loves to talk will be joined at Hibs by former Caley assistant Maurice Malpas and is is delighted to be given the chance to turn Hibs' fortunes around but admits he leaves his previous employers with a heavy heart.The new Hibs manager said: "It was really hard to leave Inverness because I am leaving behind some fantastic people, and a fantastic football club. They are in the semi-finals of the League Cup and second in the league and people are saying to me 'why are you leaving?' But this is a great club as well. A huge club and it is a great challenge for me and Maurice. I was at Caley Thistle for nearly five years and we certainly enjoyed every moment of it, but sometimes you just feel it's right to move on and I certainly do now. When I went to the Hibs training ground it was just incredible. There is not a lot at Caley thistle that you can compare it to. Its just a fantastic facility, a fantastic place and when you look at the blocks that are in place for Hibs everything is right... apart from the team on the pitch and it's our job to get that team right and playing very similar to Caley Thistle. Caley came here and won 2-0 on Saturday quite comfortably, but that was an 18-month project with that team and if I can have 18 months to work on this team then hopefully we can get them to that standard, if not better, and make the supporters proud of their team again. We'll take it step by step. At the moment we are five points away from the top six which is where we want to be so that is a big target for us. It's work on the training field that will really matter and with the facility we have there's plenty of time and opportunity to get out there and work with them. There are some good players here but they need to be given some confidence and show what we want them to do, now we want them to play and give them the confidence to go out and do just that. We want Hibs to be a team that everyone fears again, everyone hates playing, just like Caley Thistle are now and have been for some time."

Source: ScottishFitba


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