Inverness Caley Thistle manager Terry Butcher has turned down an offer to become Barnsley’s new manager. The Englishman had being in talks with the Championship side for the last two days, but last night he decided to pledge his future to the Highland side.
The decision is not just being heralded as a great boost for Inverness, but a boost to the Scottish game as a whole and a great belief in Butcher that he can still progress his managerial career in Scotland.
Inverness fans have taken to Facebook and Twitter to express their delight at the decision and have urged fellow fans to turn out in big numbers for Caley Thistle’s next home league game against Aberdeen on the 19th January.
Butcher said he still has unfinished business with the club in a statement on the team’s website, he said: “We have been going extremely well to be second in the SPL, still in the Scottish Cup and with a League Cup semi-final to look forward to later this month.
“I have also brought people to this club and, on reflection, feel that I should remain with them to try to continue the good work. My focus is now firmly on that.”
Inverness Caley Thistle chairman Kenny Cameron was relieved at Butcher’s decision to remain with the Highland club, he added: “When Barnsley made their approach we felt that out of courtesy we should allow Terry the opportunity to meet with them. But it is a huge relief that he has opted to stay.”
Barnsley currently sit bottom of the Championship and have been without a manager since sacking Keith Hill on the 29th of December.