‘Should I have gone to Leeds United?’ asks Terry Butcher

Former England international Terry Butcher
Former England international Terry Butcher
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TERRY BUTCHER may not have played or managed in Yorkshire, but it could have been different – having almost joined Leeds United in 1990 and spoken to Barnsley about the vacant manager’s job in 2013.

Butcher said: “I nearly got to Barnsley, but just didn’t think it was right for me at the time. I wanted to finish off the job at Inverness.

“But Barnsley were terrific.

“With Leeds, I shook hands on the deal with Howard (Wilkinson) and went to his house. I even got a cup of tea out of him, which was rare!

“I was driving back and got a phone call from John Poynton, chairman of Coventry and said: ‘I want you to be player-manager.’ It was something I was looking forward to doing, nearing the end of my career.

“But it was a tough call with the success Leeds had under Howard. Perhaps it was the wrong call!”