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Terry Butcher appointed Head Coach of Philippines Football Team

Former England captain and Rangers legend Terry Butcher has been appointed as head coach of the Philippines national team.

Butcher has replace ex-Leverkusen defender Thomas Dooley as head coach.

The former England captain has been out of work since he left Newport County in 2015.

Terry Butcher is 59 years old his first club as a player was Ipswich Town where he made 271 appearances, in 1986 he signed for Rangers for a fee of £725,000, in 1990 he became player-manager of Coventry City, in 1992 he joined Sunderland and later become player-manager for them, his playing career ended at Clydebank.

Butcher managerial career includes Coventry City, Sunderland, Motherwell, Sydney FC, Partick Thistle (Caretaker Manager), Brentford, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Hibernian, Newport County.

In an interview Terry Butcher said “Becoming a national team coach is the next step for me,”

At the time of being appointed as head coach of the Philippines national team Butcher was a pundit on 5 live a BBC Radio sports station.

The former Ipswich and Rangers defender, who is currently working as a pundit for BBC Radio 5 live at the 2018 World Cup, said there had been “not many” managerial opportunities since leaving Newport.

The Philippines have already qualified for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup for the first time in their history.

The Philippines will play China, South Korea, and Kyrgyzstan in the group stages of the AFC Asian Cup in January.

In a way coming to Asia is like coming home for Terry Butcher as he was Born in Singapore, however he grew up in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England.

Terry says he learnt to play foot ball at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Grammar School, Ashley boys club, Fen Park, Normanston park all in Lowestoft.

I remember having a kick about with Terry a couple of times when I was meant to be at Lowestoft College. I also remember by tutor at college who preferred talking about football than teaching us, raving about Terry Butcher and saying what a great player he was going to be.

Terry was offered a chance to join Norwich City but turned it down because his father was an Ipswich supporter and Norwich and Ipswich are rivals.

At the age of 17 Terry joined Ipswich and played his first game for them in 1978 against Everton.

Terry is well aware that Basketball is the first love of the Philippines but is hoping with the interest growing in football he can encourage more into the game.

Terry said “There may be players out there who had not thought about playing football for the Philippines but have parents or grandparents from the country,”

So all you British expats out there get training your sons.

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