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Saturday, January 26, 2008
Scotland chief Burley confirms Butcher interest

Scotland manager George Burley has confirmed he wants to bring in Terry Butcher as his assistant and Steven Pressley as a coach.

Burley believes Pressley could be a future Scotland boss and hopes his former Hearts captain agrees to the role which would almost certainly spell an end to his international career as a player.

Former England captain Butcher has revealed he would be interested in joining up with Scotland, and Burley has already held talks with Celtic manager Gordon Strachan about bringing in defender Pressley.

'I've spoken to Terry and Steven about helping out with Scotland,' Burley told BBC Radio Scotland.

'Both are very keen but nothing is finalised.'

Butcher's nationality has caused some to question Burley's favoured choice of assistant.

But the new Scotland boss insisted that was not even an issue when he thought about employing his former Ipswich team-mate, who is a former Rangers captain and Motherwell manager.

Burley said: 'For me, the criteria was someone I knew really well who had played international football, who was a good coach, an excellent motivator, somebody I could trust.

'Terry certainly comes into that category and he's spent most of his football time in Scotland. That was important as well.

'Steven Pressley is somebody I've admired since my time at Hearts.

'I've had a lot of good captains as a manager - Tony Mowbray, Matt Holland and Jim Magilton have all been top class.

'Elvis' (Pressley) for me sticks out, and I think he has all the credentials of one day being a top manager, even an international manager.

'I think he'd be great for this position, and it would be great for me as well.

'I spoke to Gordon Strachan about it yesterday. And he thinks it would do him the world of good as well.'

Pressley, who has won 32 caps for Scotland, is 34 and has played little first-team football for Celtic this season.

He has expressed hope of playing on for club and country, however a playing role with Scotland is unlikely.

'When you get to your mid-30s you're looking for the coaching side you still want to keep playing,' Burley said.

'He's desperate to do both. He's quite capable of that.'

Burley believes 49-year-old Butcher's no-nonsense approach would suit the Scotland players.

'For me he's a winner,' said Burley.

'He's got the character where he doesn't stand for fools. He'd be in among it. He maybe laughed when I said to him at first, but he'd love to train Scotland.'

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