Brown backs Butcher for England job

January 24, 2006

Craig Brown believes the Football Association should consider former England captain Terry Butcher as a possible replacement for Sven-Goran Eriksson.

The former Scotland boss believes Butcher has become an accomplished manager since moving north of the border to take charge at Motherwell, who are presently seventh in the Bank of Scotland Premier League.

With Eriksson due to depart 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.

'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.'

Holland and hosts Germany will go into the World Cup with young managers in Marco van Basten and Jurgen Klinsmann.

Both are peers of Butcher from his international playing days, and neither held senior coaching positions before being handed responsibility for their national teams.

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