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By ESPN Staff
May 17, 2006

Butcher agrees two-year deal at Sydney

Motherwell manager Terry Butcher has signed a two-year contract to coach A-League champions Sydney FC.

Butcher has spent the last five days Down Under looking at Sydney FC's facilities and speaking with officials and he will take control of the team after July 10 after fulfilling television commitments at the World Cup.

'I'm delighted to have agreed to a two-year contract to take over at Sydney FC,' said Butcher.

'It is a wonderful opportunity for me to continue my coaching career.

'I had four wonderful years at Motherwell and I leave Scotland with good memories but football in Australia is taking giant leaps forward and I am looking forward to being a part of it.

'I have seen the club's facilities and they are top class, the squad is very talented and I have been impressed by the ambition of the club since arriving here last week.

'I am a very ambitious person and I would not have come here if that wasn't matched by the people running Sydney FC.'

The 47-year-old still had two years remaining on his contract at Motherwell in the Scottish Premier League, where he spent the last four seasons and helped steer the side from administration to the 2005 Scottish Cup Final and to a mid-table finish in the recently concluded season.

Sydney FC chairman Walter Bugno said the appointment was in line with the club's desire to 'dare to be different'.

'We've said all along we wanted to bring something different to Australian football and Terry Butcher does that,' Bugno said.

'His resume as a player is first class and he has done very well coaching Motherwell in Scotland.

'This is not a case of needing to have a foreign coach but Terry is a first-class candidate and we know Sydney FC is in good hands with him at the helm.'