Scottish Premiership - Tudur Jones out to keep boss sweet

Owain Tudur Jones is hoping Hibernian players have to wait a while before they see the fiery side of new boss Terry Butcher.

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Owain Tudor Jones has warned his team-mates they will need to work hard for Terry Butcher

The Wales midfielder played under the Englishman for two years at Inverness Caledonian Thistle before making the move to Easter Road in the summer.

He was reunited with his old boss last week when Butcher took over at the Leith club following the departure of Pat Fenlon and was inundated with questions from his team-mates about the former England skipper, who has enthused about the challenge ahead of him since his appointment.

However, the 29-year-old former Norwich and Swansea player knows there is another side to Butcher which he hopes can be kept "at bay" for as long as possible.

He said: "It is inevitable really, the other players have been asking what kind of guy he is and what training is like.

"He is honest and he likes to bring that out in his teams. He wants his teams to work hard and he feels ability will shine after that, not the other way round.

"He is a nicer guy to be around (when things are going well). He certainly can lose his temper and there are a couple of holes in the wall at Inverness that will testify to that.

"Hopefully we can keep that temper at bay for as long as possible.

"But the players are willing to work for the manager and definitely looking forward to the games ahead."

Butcher takes over an Easter Road side who have scored just nine goals in their opening 13 Scottish Premiership games, the lowest total in the league in which they lie in seventh place.

Tudur Jones believes the former Motherwell boss will be "excited by the challenge".

"He is not inheriting a team who are struggling down the bottom with zero points," he said.

"He will feel he has taken over a side which has good players but who aren't quite sure what they can do just now.

"It will take minor things rather than major changes in terms of trying, in whatever way, to get confidence up again to play with a freedom out on the pitch.

"There is a reason why we are the lowest goalscorers in the league just now but with confidence and good play that will change."

Butcher begins his tenure at Hibs with a trip to St Mirren, a team Tudur Jones believes are a good example as to how a season can be turned around.

Buddies boss Danny Lennon was under pressure after failing to win any of his first eight games this season but after four victories in their last five games, a win on Saturday would leapfrog them above the Easter Road men.

"They are probably a good example of what we can achieve ourselves," said the Welshman.

"Not too long ago, their manager was under pressure and their players were getting a bit of stick.

"They have won four out of five and they are right back in the mix so it's a big game in terms of making sure we get a good result to avoid them moving above us."

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