Butcher poised for Scotland job
HE shed blood for England, but could Ipswich Town legend Terry Butcher be about to sign on the dotted line for the Auld Enemy?Newly-appointed Scotland manager George Burley is reported to have asked Butcher, his long-time team-mate at Portman Road, to become his assistant.
HE shed blood for England, but could Ipswich Town legend Terry Butcher be about to sign on the dotted line for the Auld Enemy?
Newly-appointed Scotland manager George Burley is reported to have asked Butcher, his long-time team-mate at Portman Road, to become his assistant.
It is believed Burley is poised to have further talks with Butcher next week, in what could be a controversial move on both sides of the border.
The former England skipper, who won 77 caps for his country, became an icon for Three Lions fans when he played on bloodied and scarred during the World Cup qualifier match against Sweden in 1989.
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Butcher later played for Glasgow giants Rangers and managed Scottish Premier League side Motherwell from 2002 to 2006. After an unsuccessful stint managing in Australia, Butcher managed Brentford before being sacked earlier this season.
Scottish Football Association chief executive Gordon Smith said the nationality of Burley's backroom staff is immaterial.
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"We have a scenario where the manager is a full-time appointment but the other appointments are not, they are part-time," he said.”
"If Terry was going to be used a coach on match days or match occasions then it would be on a part-time basis.
"So I don't have a problem with that.”
Scottish football journalist Michael Grant believed that despite Butcher's strong links to the English national team overall fans would be supportive of any role he might play in the Scotland management set-up
He said: “He would be well received up here, having been a big favourite at Rangers and managing Motherwell.”