Football - Butcher pleased with response

Terry Butcher believes his new charges at Hibernian have already bought into the changes he wants to make at the club.

PA Sport Report

The Englishman was unveiled as Hibs manager last week following his departure from Inverness and was joined at Easter Road by his long-time assistant Maurice Malpas.

Butcher takes over a club who have lost their last four games without scoring a goal and he responded passionately when asked what his initial message to the players had been.

"Go and play the way the Maurice, I, and Hibs fans want them to play and that's with passion, energy and enthusiasm," he said.

"Get the ball and pass it, get the ball forward a lot quicker, make sure that we put the other team under pressure and make sure that we are a hard team to beat.

"So lots of messages to the players but they have certainly taken it on board very quickly.

"They have shown the enthusiasm (in training) and they have been very impressive in their passion and energy. I couldn't have asked for any more."

Ahead of the trip to St Mirren on Saturday, the former Motherwell boss stressed that everyone at Easter Road will be given a chance to impress before he considers making changes when the transfer window opens in the New Year.

"January is a long way off," he said. "I am not looking at that.

"I am delighted with what I have got here, I must stress that, I am not looking elsewhere at the moment.

"I am looking within and saying 'what can you do, how can you improve, what will it take, and what can you give Hibernian football club when it comes to games?'

"Maurice and I have talked about a team for Saturday and it is up to us to put out a team based on what we will have seen.

"I will disappoint a lot of players when I name the team but the ones that are named need to make sure they do enough to stay there."

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