Football: Terry Butcher tapped as new Azkals head coach


Posted at Jun 13 2018 11:22 PM | Updated as of Jun 14 2018 01:53 AM

Terry Butcher (right) as manager of Inverness Caledonian Thistle club in Scotland in a photo taken in November 2010. According to Scottish media, Butcher is set to be the next manager of the Philippine men's national football team. File/Andy Buchanan, AFP

Terry Butcher will be the new head coach of the Philippine men's national football team, the Scottish Sun reported on its website Wednesday.

Butcher, a former Rangers captain in the Scottish Premiership who also represented England in 3 World Cups, will replace Thomas Dooley, who in March led the Philippine Azkals to their first appearance in the Asian Cup finals but whose contract was not reportedly renewed, leaving the top managerial job vacant.

Azkals officials are scheduled to make a "crucial personnel" announcement Thursday night, but did not go into detail.

This will be Butcher's first job since he left Welsh association club Newport County in 2015, according to the Sun.

Butcher, 59, is best remembered in his home country for being drenched in his own blood during a World Cup qualifier in 1989 between England and Sweden, a gruesome image caused by a head injury.

He recently wrote a column posted on the Express website on Monday, in which he shared his thoughts on England's chances at the World Cup in Russia.

"They have a chance of going a long way in Russia," wrote Butcher, who added that he will be part of a BBC radio team based in Moscow that will cover the World Cup.

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