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May 5, 2006

Butcher to swap Motherwell for Sydney?

Sydney FC have announced they are talking to Motherwell boss Terry Butcher with a view to appointing him as their new manager.

The Australian side have recently parted company with Pierre Littbarski, a World Cup winner in 1990, and insist Butcher is 'interested' in succeeding the German.

Trinidad and Tobago's former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke is in the Sydney FC squad, and one-time Norwich midfielder Ian Crook remains on the coaching staff.

According to chief executive Tim Parker, the club's next coach is likely to be brought in from abroad, with former England captain Butcher, 47, their preferred choice.

'We've been playing interest for some time now from a number of international coaches, and what I can say is we will not be lowering our standards,' said Parker in the Sydney Morning Herald.

'At the moment, all the coaches we are talking to are overseas.

'As it stands, there is currently not a local coach on our agenda. We have a preferred candidate whom we are closest to signing. It's Terry Butcher, that I can confirm.

'There's been an ongoing discussion with Terry for a while, through our chairman [Walter Bugno]. He's interested, which is very flattering.'

Should there be no suitable and available candidate from overseas, former Australia coach Frank Farina is expected to come into contention for the role.

Ahead of the final SPL match of the season against Dundee United tomorrow, Butcher has insisted he remains happy at Motherwell.

He said: 'I've been linked with clubs. The opportunity to do well is not just for players but also the coaching staff and if you are linked that means you must doing something right.

'That's part and parcel of being at Motherwell. I love it here as we have good people working here.

'It's a club that gets under your skin, not just for a few matches or seasons but forever.'

Butcher is now likely to discuss a possible move to Australia after Motherwell's final game of the season against Dundee United.

He said: 'I am happy at Fir Park but I would be interested in what they have to say.'