Former England player ‘considered’ for Azkals coaching job

Beatrice Go
Former England player ‘considered’ for Azkals coaching job
Is Terry Butcher the best option for the nationals' 2019 Asian Cup campaign?

MANILA, Philippines – Former Rangers FC captain and English national football team centerback Terence “Terry” Ian Butcher has been listed as one of the options to replace Thomas Dooley as head coach of the Philippine Azkals head. 

“He has been considered,” Azkals manager Dan Palami told Rappler following a report by The Scottish Sun that Butcher is headed to the Philippines to take over the national team.

The Philippine Azkals will formally name on Thursday, June 14, the new head coach who will be tasked to lead the nationals in the 2018 Suzuki Cup and the 2019 Asian Cup. 

In his 10-year professional playing career, Butcher appeared in 3 editions of the FIFA World Cup. He also won 77 caps and scored 3 goals throughout his international stint. 

Butcher was one of the 5 defenders who attempted to hold off Argentina legend Diego Maradona’s “goal of the century” in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. 

The 59-year-old managed clubs in England, Scotland, Australia and Wales, but was sacked 5 times. 

The Englishman is currently out of work since 2015 after Newport County FC fired him when the club finished at the bottom of the league. 

Butcher was part of coaching staff of the Scotland national team headed by George Burley in 2008. –

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Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.