Butcher on brink of leaving Motherwell to coach Sydney
Monday 15 May 2006
The manager of Motherwell, Terry Butcher, says that only a disaster could stop him becoming the coach of Sydney FC. The former England captain is to make the switch after spending the past few days speaking with club officials.
Butcher said: "I am now on the verge of putting pen to paper on a deal to take over as the new coach of Sydney FC. Having travelled for what feels like the best part of a week to get here - and undergoing more interviews than a head of state - I expect everything to be finalised and formally announced at a press conference in the next two days.
"Everything would have to go disastrously wrong for me not to complete the deal. I have been hugely impressed by the club and their ambitions for the future - and let's be honest, aside from anything else, it is a wonderful opportunity for me and my family and just too big to turn down."
Butcher revealed that when he was first contacted he thought the approach from the Australian club was a "wind-up".
"If you had told me a month ago I would be in Australia and about to become the new coach of the country's leading domestic football club I would have either called you nuts or had you carted off.
"When I received the first call, I thought it was a massive wind-up.
"The official from the club who did ring me got a hell of a shock when I told him to go away and go and annoy someone else. I only believed him when he told me to ring back and gave me an Australian phone number."
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