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Your fingers will be worked to the groan; Former Hibee Paterson backing Butcher to toughen up Leith men.

Byline: Craig Swan

CRAIG PATERSON has warned Hibs to prepare for pain as they're knocked into shape - but insists Terry Butcher's insatiable appetite for work and success is key to dragging them out of the doldrums.

The new Easter Road boss sweated blood for the cause as a player. As a manager, he demands exactly the same from his troops.

And Paterson insists installing that type of character and fight into the club will end the harrowing times for the long-suffering fans in Leith.

Paterson, who made his name at Hibs with more than 100 appearances, played alongside Butcher at Rangers.

Now a respected TV and radio analyst, Paterson has been able to take a close look at what makes Butcher and Maurice Malpas eke the very best out of their teams.

He said: "I didn't play often alongside Terry but you could see what an inspiration he was as a player and you knew he'd do the same in management.

"It's not about ranting and raving all of the time but when you see him do it, you think, 'wow, this is serious'.

"If you see someone do it all of the time, it loses impact.

"When it is happening now and again, as with Terry, it really hits home and you don't want to be on the wrong end of it. I would have thought it will be successful at Hibs, just from hearing talk from players.

Listening to Maurice, he talks about how hard the Inverness players were worked, yet they just keep coming back for more. These are the type of characters they'll want to introduce to the Hibs squad. With that in place, I'd suggest the only way is up."

And Paterson believes Tel's experiences in the Highlands has given him the confidence to work with tight restrictions.

He said: "You can only go on what Terry and Maurice have achieved and what they have managed to do.

"There was the success at Motherwell and then they end up in Inverness. A lot of people wondered how they could be successful up there as it's so hard to get players to go that far north to sign for the club.

"It's a real pack your bags and move lock, stock and barrel but they did it and also found the right types.

"It's being able to see something in a player which fits your plans and, on our radio shows, we always talk about Inverness simply putting round pegs in round holes.

"When someone goes, they bring in someone who fits the pattern and it keeps working. For example, Andrew Shinnie was lost last summer, but they brought in James Vincent to play the same position and what a good player he has Tough backing knock turned out to be. They have managed to replace good players with those of similar capacity."

Paterson says patience will be required among the Hibs support to allow the duo to sort out the team.

He said: "Inverness was not a quick fix. These things are not necessarily long-term projects but Terry and Maurice will need a little time.

"Confidence looks in short supply within the playing squad and that's not just going to return with a click of the fingers.

"Patience will be needed to let the manager get in, assess the troops and then see what he can do in January to bring in a few of his own to make a real impact."

But should things go the way he expects, Paterson is convinced the sun will soon be back shining on Leith.

Hibs fans have been starved of good times, especially with a dismal record at Easter Road over the past year.

Paterson said: "The home record is what ended it for the former manager. Four wins at Easter Road in 2013 is not enough. Your season-ticket holders are the lifeblood and you must keep them happy. It was their voice which forced the club into this change.

love Paterson's Butcher to "The Hibs fans were looking for someone with character to add a little something to their team and Terry and Maurice have that character."


Tough love Paterson's backing Butcher to knock Hibs into shape

Eye for talent Shinnie, far left, was replaced by the impressive Vincent, middle, and Butcher is set to reunite with ex-Inverness ace Owain Tudur Jones, right, at Hibs
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 13, 2013
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