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Butcher named as Inverness boss

Terry Butcher and Maurice Malpas
Butcher and Malpas have been reunited at Caledonian Stadium

Inverness Caledonian Thistle have named Terry Butcher as their new boss and Maurice Malpas as his assistant.

The pair have signed 18-month contracts with the Scottish Premier League's bottom club.

Butcher said: "There's a huge challenge here and we're looking forward to it not only this season but next term as well - hopefully in the SPL.

"I think there's a great spirit here and it's going to be 15 cup finals for us until the end of the season."

Despite the new full-time post at the Tulloch Stadium, Butcher will also continue to assist to Scotland boss George Burley with the national team.

However, he will cease to work in his capacity as a media pundit.

"I spoke to George Burley and he gave me very good advice," said the 50-year-old, who replaces the sacked Craig Brewster. "He had no problems with it.

"You don't get many chances in life. I've had one or two setbacks in management - in the last two jobs in particular, where I very much stepped into the unknown.

"In this instance, it's not like that - I don't know all of the players here that well, but I know the SPL and the Scottish environment.

"There's a huge challenge here to be met. I'm sure if the players do preserve their SPL status, they'll be heroes and that's what I'll be stressing to them."

Inverness chairman George Fraser, who had already handed Brewster finance for four players this month, pledged to open the club's coffers to boost Butcher's survival bid.

"It is a measure of how far Caley Thistle have come that we were delighted by both the calibre and quantity of our applicants," he said.

"But, once we had interviewed Terry Butcher, he was the front-runner.

"The board were impressed by his accomplished record and his thoughts on how he could take this club forward.

"Terry brings with him his tried and trusted colleague Maurice Malpas, a Dundee United legend and a man with great knowledge of the SPL.

"We've worked extremely hard to make these appointments happen, but there is still finance available for Terry and Maurice to strengthen the squad before the 2 February deadline.

Scotland colleague Burley was among the first to offer his congratulations on the appointment.

"I'm delighted for Terry. It's a great opportunity for him to get back into club management," he said.

"He's a great football man and I know he's excited about the prospect of tackling day-to-day management again.

"His new role won't affect his position with the national side."

Butcher, who won 77 caps for England and captained them to the World Cup semi-finals in 1990, took over at Motherwell in 2002.

The former England captain has also managed Coventry, Sunderland, Motherwell, Sydney FC and Brentford.

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He forged a good partnership with assistant Malpas in his four years at Fir Park, with Malpas succeeding him as manager when Butcher left for Sydney FC.

However, the 50-year-old lasted less than a year in that job and his seven-month spell at Brentford ended in December 2007 after a run of five consecutive defeats and 520 minutes without scoring a goal.

Malpas also had an unsuccessful spell in the English lower divisions, managing Swindon for a spell in 2008.

Brewster was sacked following seven consecutive defeats, leaving the club at the bottom of the league.

Experienced coach Archie Knox, most recently assistant at Blackburn, former Caley Thistle manager John Robertson and Chris Sutton, the recently-retired former Celtic and Aston Villa striker, were also interviewed as potential successors.

Argentine World Cup winner Ossie Ardiles and former Scotland defender Willie Donachie - whose last managerial job ended when he was sacked by Millwall in October 2007 - had also expressed an interest in a move to the Highlands.

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see also
Hearts 3-2 Inverness CT
24 Jan 09 |  Scottish Premier
Munro admits player uncertainty
23 Jan 09 |  Inverness CT
Inverness sack manager Brewster
19 Jan 09 |  Inverness CT
Swindon part company with Malpas
14 Nov 08 |  Swindon
Boss Butcher leaves Brentford job
11 Dec 07 |  Brentford


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