Azkals name new coach

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Terry Butcher (RIGHT), a former national team player for England, is the new Azkals head coach. AFP PHOTO/ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP PHOTO / Andy BuchananFormer England captain Terry Butcher’s coaching career paled in comparison to what he accomplished as a player.Having led his country to many historic feats as a player, Butcher has been gifted with a opportunity to bring a fast-rising football nation in the Philippines to greater heights in two major tournaments the next seven months.ADVERTISEMENT Banner field in Kudarat PPS Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial A tough, hard-nosed defender during his international career, Butcher embarked on a coaching career that took him to Scotland and Australia, before being appointed coach of the Philippine national team that is set to see action in the AFC Asian Football Confederation) Asian Cup and the AFF (Asean Football Federation) Suzuki Cup.The 59-year-old Butcher’s role with the Azkals was announced Thursday night along with the appointment of former Irish coach Scott Cooper as senior director of the national team as manager Dan Palami took the lead in strengthening the back room staff in preparation for major tournaments in the next seven months.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We needed somebody with a wide international experience, good leadership skills and a vast knowledge of international football,” Palami said. “Terry Butcher can provide us all of that.”Butcher, who played 77 matches for England in a 10-year span that included three World Cup tournaments, last coached for English League Two side Newport County three years ago. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls “I see this as a big challenge,” Butcher said in a video call from Moscow, Russia, where is currently based and covering the World Cup for BBC. “I see a lot of work ahead of us. But it will be fun work. It will be exciting work.”Butcher acknowledged the efforts of former Azkals coach Thomas Dooley and the players for reaching the Asian Cup and achieving the country’s highest Fifa ranking.“I have to say a big thank you to Thomas Dooley for getting the Azkals that far and for improving the team and believing in the team,” he said.“I think with another team, behind the team, these are exciting times for the Philippines.”Although he only moved to Asia five years ago after coaching English side Leicester’s youth team, Cooper has already gained plenty of experience, having steered Thailand League powerhouse Buriram United to the league title in his first season and the knockout phase of the prestigious AFC Champions League.Cooper will play an active role in assisting Butcher as the England legend treads unchartered territory in Asian football.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “He (Butcher) will be ably assisted by a competent adviser in Scott Cooper who has a good record in Asian and Asean football so I’m quite happy with the tandem,” Palami said.Butcher is looking forward to the challenge of handling an Azkals side teeming with talent.“The players have to be challenged,” Butcher said.“There’s a whole country that you are responsible for. I want to work hard for the team and strive to be the best. With success comes pressure so we can’t rest on our laurels. There’s no reason why we can’t get high as we possibly can.”“We want to win games with a bit of style, with a bit of finesse,” Butcher said. “Lets make it fun. Let’s make people love watching good football. That’s our aim and our ambition.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES View comments DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedlast_img read more