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By ESPN Staff
May 14, 2006

Butcher almost certain to be named Sydney FC coach

Motherwell manager Terry Butcher admits only a disaster could now stop him becoming Sydney FC coach.

The former England captain is to make the switch after spending the last few days speaking with club officials.

Butcher said: 'I am now on the verge of putting pen to paper on a deal to take over as the new coach of Sydney FC.

'Having travelled for what feels like the best part of a week to get here - and undergoing more interviews than a head of state - I expect everything to be finalised and formally announced at a press conference in the next two days.

'Everything would have to go disastrously wrong for me not to complete the deal.

'I have been hugely impressed by the club and their ambitions for the future - and let's be honest, aside from anything else, it is a wonderful opportunity for me and my family and just too big to turn down.''

Butcher revealed, however, that when he was first contacted he thought the approach from the Australian club was a `wind-up'.

'Sometimes the most unlikely things happen in your life,'' he said. 'If you had told me a month ago I would be in Australia and about to become the new coach of the country's leading domestic football club I would have either called you nuts or had you carted off.

'I have to admit that prior to coming out, and when I received the first call, I thought it was massive wind-up.

'I suspected it was either one of my staff, players or some prankster who wanted a laugh at my expense.

'In fact, the official from the club who did ring me got a hell of a shock when I told him to go away and go and annoy someone else.

'I only believed him when he told me to ring back and gave me an Australian phone number.'