EDINBURGH: Terry Butcher has said he will not walk away from relegated Hibernian and wants to lead them back to the Scottish Premiership.
The Easter Road side were demoted from the top-flight after the former England skipper failed to half a disastrous run of form that has seen them win just six of his 28 games in charge.
Hibs, who were semi-finalists in the inaugural European Cup back in 1956, led Championship runners-up Hamilton 2-0 from the first leg of their play-off final but blew up spectacularly in the Easter Road return as they lost 2-0 on the day and 4-3 on penalties to join city rivals Hearts in the second tier.
Speculation before the game had suggested Butcher was ready to walk away from the Leith club, no matter what the result, while around 500 fans gathered outside the stadium after the game to protest against Butcher and the board.
But the former Inverness and Motherwell manager says he is determined to help rebuild the shattered club.
He said: “If it’s down to me I will be here. There was stuff on social media that I would be quitting no matter what the result was. But that was never the case. I don’t know where that came from. I want to continue, because I would like the opportunity to be able to restructure the club in the right way. I think that situation is out of my hands now.”
Hibs were seventh when Butcher quit Caley Thistle to replace Pat Fenlon at Easter Road but has now taken them back to the Championship after 15 consecutive years in the Premiership.
He added: “It’s been like watching a car crash the last two or three months, and you do everything you possibly can to stop it and you just can’t. You just can’t halt the slide and you can’t halt the losses.”