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Oct 6, 2011

Butcher inks new Inverness deal

Inverness Caledonian Thistle have announced that manager Terry Butcher has put pen to paper on a new contract with the SPL club.

Butcher, who was appointed manager of Inverness in 2009, had entered the final 12 months of his previous deal but, along with assistant boss Maurice Malpas, has this week inked a new two-year contract.

Former England international Butcher told the club's official website: "Maurice and I have become extremely attached to this club, and so many fine people in it, and we're very pleased to sign the contract extensions. We enjoy living and working in the Highlands and we relish the spirit and support of what is very much a community club.

"Caley Thistle have won the admiration of many in Scottish football for their ambition and achievement with limited resources. This is a very special club and a key factor in deciding to sign the extension has been the strong support I have had from the board, led by George Fraser and his successor Kenny Cameron.

"This season we've had the worst injury crisis I've ever seen at any club in my entire career, but everyone has stepped up to the mark and has shown tremendous strength and character.

"We've given lads like Nick Ross, Gavin Morrison, Shane Sutherland and Graeme Shinnie their chance in the first team over the past 18 months to two years and they have shown great potential. Further down the line, in our youth development system, there is no shortage of local players whose promise excites us.

"Continuity is essential to build and retain a successful squad and the fans can be sure this will be our priority over the next two and a half years."

Executive chairman Kenny Cameron added: "Terry and Maurice have done an excellent job for this club and we're delighted that they have put pen to paper on new two-year deals. It is important to have continuity at a club like ours and this extension will allow the management duo to plan for the future while signalling to the playing staff that Terry and Maurice are committed to the club going forward."

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