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Last Updated: Tuesday, 29 January 2008, 23:11 GMT
Butcher relishing Scotland role
Terry Butcher
Butcher said he was looking forward to his new role with Scotland
Former England captain Terry Butcher has agreed to become part of Scotland manager George Burley's coaching staff.

Butcher, 49, said Burley's approach was a "bolt out of the blue" and that he was delighted to accept his new role.

The 77-times capped Butcher held talks on Monday with the new Scotland boss with whom he played with at Ipswich.

"George has selected me, hopefully, for purely football reasons. The fact that I'm English shouldn't really matter," Butcher told BBC Scotland.

Celtic defender Steven Pressley is also considering an offer from Burley to join the backroom line-up.

Burley told BBC Sport earlier that he was keen to link up with Butcher and Pressley as he prepares for the World Cup qualifying campaign.

If Scotland lose I'll get all the blame and if they win George will get all the praise

Terry Butcher

And his former Tractor Boys team-mate said he was excited about his new role with Scotland.

"I played at Ipswich in the same side as George and have kept in touch with him and it is great for him to ask me about the post with Scotland," he added.

"It is a part-time role which will enable me to do other stuff as well.

"I have done everything in my career but this will be new and different, being involved on the coaching side at international level."


Burley succeeded Alex McLeish as national coach last week and a squad get-together has been arranged for early February before a friendly with Croatia in March.

Butcher parted company with League Two side Brentford in December after a short stint with Australian side Sydney FC.

But he knows the Scottish game well from his time as Motherwell manager and captain of Rangers.

Terry Butcher (left) and Steven Pressley at Hampden
Butcher has joined the Scotland set-up - Pressley may follow

And he revealed he was shocked by the new Scotland manager's proposal.

"When he said he was considering me being the assistant I thought it was April the 1st and he was having a right good laugh," Butcher said.

"But he talked about my connection with Motherwell, Rangers and the time I've lived in Scotland.

"If Scotland lose I'll get all the blame and if they win, George will get all the praise, but I don't mind.

"It's been 17 wonderful years out of 22 that I've spent in Scotland. At the end of the day I want to give something back."

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