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Legend Butcher Aiming to Inspire Blues Youngsters in New Role
Tuesday, 11th Feb 2020 12:37

Blues legend Terry Butcher says he hopes he can inspire the club’s younger players in his new role back at Town.

Butcher, 61, has been handed a bespoke position at Playford Road working with academy youngsters but is also expected to have some involvement with the senior side.

“It’s just nice to be back, it’s nice to be in a working football club again,” the former Blues and England captain told BBC Radio Suffolk’s Life’s a Pitch on which he will remain the legend-in-residence despite taking on his new role with Town.

“I joined the club at 17 back in 1976, 44 years ago, so it’s come full circle in many respects.

“It is nice to get on the training field with youngsters, I’ve always liked working with youngsters, I got my youth licence many years ago, I was a youth coach up in Scotland.

“I’ve done the lot really, reserves and first team, internationals with George [Burley and Scotland], so I have a lot of experience.

“Hopefully I can pass it on but they’re very good, the younger players especially, I must give them full credit, they want to learn. They’re very keen, they’re very focused and concentrated, not quite like some of the Chinese players I tried to coach out there [in his previous job as defensive coach at Guangzhou R&F]. There is a big difference with that.

“It’s refreshing, they’re at the start of their careers and I’m in the twilight of mine but hopefully I can say one or two things.

“Paul Lambert was the one who instigated this and then [general manager of football operations] Lee O’Neill followed it up but hopefully, according to Paul and Lee, maybe I can help with one or two things with the first team as well.

“But at the end of the day you don’t want to tread on any toes, it’s just nice to be there.”

He added: “I think Paul and [academy head of player and coaching development] Bryan Klug especially want to get some of the experienced players back because it’s all about heritage, it’s all about passing on the legacy of the club.

“Everybody’s at the club for a certain period. The club will carry on after we’ve finished and it’s about what you do and what you can inspire and hopefully we can inspire a few younger players.”

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sushiboy added 12:54 - Feb 11
You might have a word with some of the older players while you’re at it, Terry...

WeWereZombies added 14:13 - Feb 11
'The club will carry on after we’ve finished and it’s about what you do and what you can inspire'

However low we may feel and whatever doubts we may have regarding the owner or shirt sponsor this is a timely reminder of what we were and what we may yet become again. Worth remembering.

dirtydingusmagee added 14:28 - Feb 11
beat me to it sushiboy lol , could add Lambert too, he needs some inspiration .

Pecker added 14:35 - Feb 11
Fantastic to have you back with us Terry. I am sure the youngsters will look up to you and be inspired to achieve. If you could sort out our senior back 4 as well, it would be appreciated.

Pecker added 14:36 - Feb 11
Where did you buy your scarf in the photo above? I want one.

del45 added 15:20 - Feb 11
Play like terry did then we would have no problems.

Barty added 15:31 - Feb 11
Shame you're not coming back as manager

spanishblue added 16:04 - Feb 11
When I first came with my young son and Butch was still here, the priceless look on the 2 boys faces when we went to collect our tickets as Butch walked past and smiled at them

runningout added 16:20 - Feb 11
Sorry Terry but we need more than you to sort main issues out. Im concerned for my club, and our coach’s recent record is looking to repeat. The team must step up and play for 95 minutes ruthlessly. Not powderpuff again and again

Dolphinblue added 16:59 - Feb 11
Butcher to train the next great itfc Centre back! Its Lineal Baxter...Hunter...Beattie...Butcher.....CHAMBERS!

terry_butchers_twin added 18:18 - Feb 11
Good to have you back bruv.........

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