This would invariably follow a defeat, the Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager soothing his discontent with a stroll through the hills above Loch Ness with only his faithful pooch, Fritz, and his own conscience for company. Amid the heather he could scatter his misgivings about his team's performance and breathe in a fresh resolve to recover the following weekend.
That routine - which Butcher came to refer to as the 'walk of shame' - might have been reprised after Inverness suffered a first defeat of the campaign against Aberdeen on Saturday, only it was subject to a few changes. Fritz was still in tow but Butcher was not stalked by dark thoughts - the manager instead given to a more reflective mood as he pondered a 1-0 loss. He was also occupied by plans to return to form in a Scottish League Cup tie in Dundee tonight.
Aberdeen had upset a run of six matches without defeat but Butcher was hardly saddened. Events elsewhere at the weekend quickly put it all in perspective. "'Philosophical' is a very good word for how I felt after Aberdeen result," said Butcher. "You are raging inside because you lose the game, but if you lose one game in seven, that can't be too bad, can it? If we have that kind of consistency all season, we will be up there or thereabouts.
"The beauty of [the cup tie] is this game comes around really quickly for us. Losing is an unusual feeling for our lads. It was a weird sensation over the weekend - and we don't like weird sensations here at Caley Thistle. We want our normal post-match feelings back.
"A couple of years ago, it used to be known as the 'walk of shame' for me on a Sunday morning. But even yesterday when I looked at it, Liverpool had lost at home to Southampton and I watched Manchester United lose heavily to City. We are not going to beat ourselves with a stick after losing one game. We have good characters in the team and players who aren't used to this feeling. They don't like this feeling."
There are a few within the Dundee squad who will have developed an uneasy feeling following an unsteady start to the campaign. The Dens Park side sit in fourth place in the SPFL Championship but seem to be slumped over, having suffered a 3-1 defeat in Falkirk on Saturday.
It is not the position they would like to have been in with Premiership leaders Inverness turning up at their door this evening. John Brown has informed his players brusquely that they must shape up if they are not to be left nursing another sore result in the cup.
"The players have got a lot to prove after Saturday's performance - they know that I'm expecting to see a reaction," said the Dundee manager. "Inverness have been excellent this season and they are a tough nut to crack, so we need to have everybody turning up."
The Dens Park squad met with the club management yesterday in order to clear the air after an unconvincing run of form. "We've had a meeting - the players have had their bit to say, I've put my points over, and now we're gearing up for the game," said Brown, who will be without the suspended Kevin McBride and injured Kyle Benedictus tonight.
"You can't dwell on the past. You've got to look forward, and we're looking forward to a great game for us at home with our own fans here, playing against one of the form teams in Scotland."