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Born: Sin­ga­pore, 1958 (Age 56) Play­ing Ca­reer: Born in Sin­ga­pore, Butcher moved to Suf­folk as a young­ster aged two and grew up sup­port­ing Ip­swich, the club he joined aged 17 in 1976. He made his de­but the same year and even­tu­ally made over 300 ap­pear­ances, win­ning the UEFA Cup in 1981 and twice fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the old First Di­vi­sion. The cen­tre-back joined Graeme Souness’ Rangers for £725,000 in 1986, cap­tain­ing them to three league ti­tles and two Scot­tish Cups in foursea­sons be­fore leav­ing to be­come player-man­ager of Coven­try City in 1990. Sacked af­ter six ap­pear­ances in two years, Butcher then spent a sea­son at Sun­der­land (dur­ing which he again be­came player-man­ager) be­fore fin­ish­ing his play­ing ca­reer with Scot­tish side Cly­de­bank in 1993. Butcher also won 77 caps for Eng­land and played in the 1982, 1986 and 1990 World Cups, where Eng­land reached the semi-fi­nals. Man­age­rial Ca­reer: Ap­pointed man­ager of Mother­well in 2002, Butcher over­came se­ri­ous fi­nan­cial prob­lems to keep the club in the Scot­tish Premier League and reached the Scot­tish League Cup fi­nal in 2005. He then had brief, un­suc­cess­ful stints at Aus­tralian side Syd­ney FC and Brent­ford and spent time as as­sis­tant to Scot­land boss Ge­orge Bur­ley be­fore be­com­ing man­ager of In­ver­ness Cale­do­nian This­tle in Jan­uary 2009. Though rel­e­gated in his first half-sea­son, Butcher won an im­me­di­ate re­turn to the SPL and over the next three sea­sons es­tab­lished them in the top flight, fin­ish­ing fourth in 2013. A move to Hiber­nian in Novem­ber 2013 was less suc­cess­ful, end­ing in dis­missal af­ter rel­e­ga­tion to the Scot­tish Cham­pi­onship. Af­ter a year away, Butcher was ap­pointed man­ager of New­port in April 2015.

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