Former England captain Terry Butcher named new Azkals head coach

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 14) — Former World Cup skipper and England team captain Terry Butcher has been appointed as the new head coach of the Philippine Azkals.

The announcement was made Thursday in a press conference hosted by the Azkals in Parañaque City.

The 59-year-old will replace Thomas Dooley who led the national men's football team to a historic berth in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup last March.

Butcher suited up for 77 matches for England in a 10-year international career that included three World Cup appearances (1982, 1986, and 1990). He last coached for Newport County, a League Two squad, in 2015.

Azkals member James Younghusband says he is thrilled to learn under the English legend.

"I'm excited to work with coach Terry Butcher. I grew up in England and he's an England legend. I'm looking forward to impress him and I'm sure all the players are as well," he told CNN Philippines Sports Desk.

 

Former Irish coach Scott Cooper was also announced as the Azkals' senior football adviser.

Butcher will have a tough task to lead the Philippines who is grouped with China, South Korea, and Kyrgyzstan in the AFC Asian Cup which will kick off in January in the United Arab Emirates.