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Last Updated: Sunday, 23 April 2006, 17:35 GMT 18:35 UK
Butcher plays down Aussie links
Motherwell manager Terry Butcher
Terry Butcher has two years of his contract to run
Motherwell manager Terry Butcher has played down newspaper reports linking him with possible moves to Australia A-League clubs Sydney and Perth Glory.

"I have two years of my contract still to run, so it's pure speculation," the 47-year-old told BBC Sport.

He would not say whether it was something he would consider.

"I've not heard from either club," he said. "They haven't come in for me, so there's nothing to say as nothing has happened about it."

Sydney were linked with the Englishman as doubt continues about the future of coach Pierre Littbarski, who is reportedly interested in the vacancy at Hearts.

Butcher last summer established links with Sorrento Soccer Club as he attempted to tap into Australian talent.

Australian striker Scott McDonald has already been a big hit at Fir Park.

Meanwhile, Butcher is still waiting to hear back from defenders Stevie Hammell and Martyn Corrigan, who have been offered three-year contracts, and winger Jim Paterson, offered a two-year deal.

Butcher has given them a deadline for an answer but has refused to make the date public.

Strikers Abel Thermeus and Kenny Wright have not been offered new contracts.

And Butcher says that Preston's intentions over the future of Alan McCormack will determine whether the winger could return to Fir Park next season.

Butcher has previously dismissed suggestions that he is interested in Jim McIntyre, who has been told he can leave Dundee United.


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