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Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 January 2006, 17:45 GMT
Brown says Butcher should get job
By John Sinnott

Ex-England star Terry Butcher
They will be really focused and I think it can only have a positive effect
Terry Butcher
Former Scotland coach Craig Brown believes Motherwell manager Terry Butcher should succeed Sven-Goran Eriksson as England's next boss.

The Football Association is searching for Eriksson's successor with the Swede set to stand down after the World Cup.

Brown told BBC Sport: "There's one name that hasn't been linked with the job and it should be and that's the former England captain Terry Butcher.

"He's intelligent, honourable and vastly experienced."

Butcher has had previous unsuccessful managerial spells with Coventry from 1990 until 1992 and Sunderland in 1993, but Brown insists he has come into his own as a manager since taking charge at Motherwell in April 2002.

The former England defender's contract with Motherwell, who he has taken to the CIS Cup final, runs until 2008.

Brown added: "Terry failed at Coventry and Sunderland but I've been really impressed by what he has done at Motherwell, where he has had to manage on a shoestring.

"Like Ian Rush and John Aldridge I think he was thrown in too soon as a manager because of his playing reputation.

"But what he's done at Motherwell is first-class. Without any resources he's got his team playing with a great attitude and with some style.

"Don't forget one Celtic player will earn as much as his whole team does.

"It's also clear he has got the respect of the players."

Brown pointed to the success of Marco van Basten and Jurgen Klinsmann, who respectively coach Holland and Germany, as support for his argument.

"Compared to those two coaches, Terry is vastly experienced and importantly he would excel at the man-management side of the game."

Meanwhile Terry Butcher has insisted England's chances at the 2006 World Cup will not be affected by the impending exit of Sven-Goran Eriksson.

"All these people getting carried away with the fact that it will harm our chances - absolute tosh," said Butcher on BBC Radio Five Live.

"The thing that will harm our chances is if Wayne Rooney gets injured."

Eriksson, who was under contract until 2008, had come under pressure to state his plans for the future after he was alleged to have told an undercover reporter from the News of the World that he might leave in the summer.

Talks with the Football Association on Monday led to an agreement that will lead to the Swede's five-year tenure coming to an end two years early.

Butcher was part of the England side in 1990 when coach Sir Bobby Robson announced ahead of the World Cup tournament that year that he would be stepping down after the finals.

The team went on to make the semi-finals and Butcher added: "It made everybody stick together, it really had us focused that we wanted to do well for the gaffer in his last tournament.

"There were a lot of players there who were playing in their last World Cup, a lot of older players.

"In this squad there is only really probably Sol Campbell, Gary Neville and David Beckham that could be playing in their last World Cup.

"The others have still got plenty of World Cups and European Championships to go for after this but they will want to make it a special one for Sven-Goran Eriksson.

"I think it will have a positive impact. It's early days yet - it's only January and the squad doesn't meet until March for the next friendly, which will be a good get-together and they will be really focused and I think it can only have a positive effect."

Don Howe was involved in the England set-up under Ron Greenwood, Bobby Robson and Terry Venables.

He said: "I worked with three England managers who all said they would be leaving before the tournament we went in to started.

I think they would have been better off saying we'll do it after the tournament
Chris Waddle
"Ron Greenwood told everyone before the 1982 World Cup in Spain that he was retiring there and were unbeaten.

"Bobby took over and before the World Cup in Italy he told everyone that he was going to PSV, 'that's it, I've done it, and I am off'.

"Terry Venables did exactly the same. He decided before Euro 96 he wanted let the FA get on with it.

"In all three cases at no point did I think there were one or two here not giving it everything.

"They were fantastic. Players are more concerned with the playing and winning. They will listen to the man in charge and that's that."

But ex-England winger Chris Waddle, who was also part of the England squad under Robson in 1990, believes the timing is not right.

He said: "It's strange to make the statement now. I'm not sure it's the best thing - I think they would have been better off saying we'll do it after the tournament because now it will be a constant barrage.

"The players have a great relationship with him and they will be disappointed.

"You've got to look from now to the World Cup that whoever is doing well in the Premiership will be linked with the job and that will be constant for clubs as well.

"I think the timing has been wrong - they've got to do something but maybe they should have kept it under wraps and then announced it after the tournament."

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