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Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 October 2006, 00:51 GMT
Butcher on Dunfermline shortlist
Former Motherwell manager Terry Butcher
Terry Butcher could get the call from Dunfermline
Dunfermline Athletic have drawn up a shortlist for their managerial vacancy and BBC Sport believes that it includes Sydney boss Terry Butcher.

Former Dunfermline striker Craig Brewster was tipped for the job after being dismissed by relegation-zone rivals Dundee United at the weekend.

But he could miss out once the shortlist is narrowed down to three.

Former Hibernian manager Bobby Williamson and Livingston boss John Robertson are also prime candidates.

Dunfermline issued a statement following a board meeting on Monday evening.

"The board agreed they were happy with the level of interest and quality of applicants for the vacant manager's position," it stated.

"The board have now drawn up a shortlist and interviews will be held over the next couple of days.
If you're out of a job, you would be interested in the Dunfermline job

Bobby Williamson

"The board will reconvene once all interviews have taken place to make the final decision as to who will take over from Jim Leishman."

Leishman had decided to return to his director of football role following last week's 4-0 home defeat by Hibs.

It is believed that the Pars approached locally-born Craig Levein.

But the former Cowdenbeath, Hearts and Leicester City boss decided to succeed Brewster instead.

Robertson was also considered, but the 70,000 compensation that could be demanded by Livingston is thought to be a major stumbling block.

Leishman and chairman John Yorkston are believed to have drawn up a shortlist of 10-12 candidates to be presented to the Pars board.

And it was expected that this will have been reduced to three main targets after Monday's meeting.

Former England captain Butcher is expected to be on that list.

It is understood that, while he enjoys the lifestyle, he has become frustrated at the travelling involved and the lack of professionalism in Australian football.

Butcher's Sydney side have made a stuttering start to the season after his summer move from Motherwell.

Brewster could find a run of only two victories in 28 league games since taking charge of United counts against him.

He would likely want former United assistant Malcolm Thomson to join him.

Craig Brewster
Craig Brewster had two seasons as a Dunfermline player

But Dunfermline are thought to have assured caretaker manager Craig Robertson that he will retain his job as assistant.

And he strengthened his position by leading the Pars to a 1-1 draw away to Hearts in his first game in charge.

That creditable result lifted Dunfermline one point clear of United at the foot of the Scottish Premier League.

Pars players have voiced their support for the appointment of Caley Thistle assistant Donald Park.

Park is thought to wish a return to the East of Scotland for family reasons, although he has previously suggested that he has no desire to become a manager.

Former Kilmarnock, Hibs and Plymouth Argyle boss Williamson would be interested in succeeding Leishman.

"If you're out of a job, you would be interested in the Dunfermline job," he told BBC Sport.

But former Dundee, Hibs and Partick Thistle boss Jim Duffy had not put his name forward.

"I would love to be a manager again, but I don't see any point in applying for a job where I believe they already have people in mind," he explained.

SEE ALSO
Brewster ousted as Tannadice boss
29 Oct 06 |  Dundee Utd
Robertson happy with Pars' point
28 Oct 06 |  Dunfermline Athletic
Leishman stands down as Pars boss
26 Oct 06 |  Dunfermline Athletic


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