Terry Butcher has been announced as the new manager of Newport County AFC in the English fourth tier, on a two year deal.
The former Rangers and England defender has been out of work since being sacked by Hibernian in June 2014, after the Easter Road side were relegated to the Championship.
As Butcher takes over County are three points shy of the play-off places with one game remaining, but their inferior goal difference means that they are unlikely to leapfrog Plymouth in the final play off spot.
County director Howard Greenhaf, speaking to the official club website, said: “We were extremely impressed with Terry when we spoke to him. He is very thorough and professional in his approach and we are sure we have the best man for the job.
“As soon as Terry was connected to the job he came and watched us himself several times and also sent people to our games on his behalf. He already knows the team in good detail and has firm plans on what he wants for next season.”
Butcher commented: “I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to work for a fantastic club like Newport County AFC, I have met a lot of great people at the club already and have seen the passionate fans for myself at recent games. I look forward to the new challenge and I’m looking forward to working together with everyone at a club that has great aspirations for the future.”
Butcher is to be unveiled to the press at Friday lunchtime.