FORMER England star and skipper Terry Butcher will take over as coach of the men’s national football team.
British newspaper Scottish Sun reported on Wednesday that the seasoned coach and manager will replace Thomas Dooley.
Butcher was introduced during the Philippine Football Federation’s launch of the national team on Thursday night at Solaire.
Butcher will handle the Azkals in next year’s Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup, as well as the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup.
Butcher was a player-manager for Coventry City and Sunderland from 1990 to 1993 before retiring as a player. He was a full time manager in six more Britain clubs and also handled Australian team Sydney FC.
The 59-year-old’s stint with the Philippines will be his first international experience as head coach. He was part of the coaching staff of Scotland in 2008.