A FORMER England captain is interested in the vacant managerial position at Swindon Town.
The Advertiser understands Terry Butcher, who skippered his country seven times over an international career spanning 77 caps, could be tempted from his role as boss of Scottish Premier League outfit Inverness.
Butcher recently came close to taking over at Barnsley following the dismissal of Keith Hill only to decide to stay over the border, while Doncaster have also failed to prise him from Scotland this season.
The 54-year-old’s glittering playing career featured spells at Ipswich and Rangers before he first took the step into management as a 31-year-old at Coventry in 1990.
Stints in the top job at Sunderland, Motherwell, Sydney FC and Brentford followed before he moved to Inverness in 2009.
Meanwhile, the Advertiser has learnt that former Derby and Hull boss Phil Brown is also keen to become the new manager at the County Ground.
Brown has not held a job in the game since December 2011, when he left Preston after an ill-fated spell in charge at Deepdale.
However, the Halifax and Bolton defender enjoyed unprecedented success during his time with Hull, where he led the Tigers to the top flight for the first time in their history following a 1-0 play-off final win over Bristol City in 2008.
He then managed to keep Hull in the Premier League the next season before being placed on gardening leave in 2010 as his side struggled to avoid the drop.
The Adver understands Brown recently applied for the manager’s post at Partick Thistle.
Both Butcher and Brown are big believers in youth development at football clubs and it is believed that the pair would be keen to integrate more of Swindon’s young talent into the first team.
Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink became the bookies’ favourite to take on the Town job last night, and it is understood that the Dutchman has contacted the consortium poised to take charge in Wiltshire.
Meanwhile, Tommy Miller and Darren Ward have been placed in temporary charge of the Robins.