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Hibernian sack manager Terry Butcher

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Just seven months after taking the role of Hibernian manager Terry Butcher has been sacked following the club’s relegation to the Championship.

The Englishman succeeded Pat Fenlon in November, but after meeting new Hibernian chief executive Leann Dempster and chairman Rod Petrie on Monday, but on Tuesday the club announced that they had sacked the 55-year-old.

The former Motherwell chief executive will now take on the search for the club’s third manager in under 12 months.

Dempster, speaking to the official club website, 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.”

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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