Alex McLeish is of the belief that Terry Butcher will succeed in keeping Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership this season.
The Edinburgh club find themselves sitting seventh in Scotland's top flight on 34 points, six ahead of second-bottom St Mirren, after failing to win in their past seven outings.
McLeish was at the helm when Hibs were relegated in 1998 - after taking the reins from Jim Duffy during the campaign - but he feels that former England international Butcher can avoid that same fate as the 2013/14 season-end looms near.
"I'm sure Terry will keep Hibs up," said 'Big Eck'.
"They won a few games at the beginning for him so the evidence is there. And if he manages it I bet he can't wait until the summer to change things."
As for relegation, McLeish insists it is something that he would never want to experience again.
"Relegation was horrible. For any club that goes down it's a devastating blow, most of all to the supporters," he added.
"Players will always come and go but for the fans, the club is their life. Managers, coaches - and hopefully players - are aware of this. The most important thing we all can do is make those people happy."
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