Terry Butcher speaks about Leeds United snub

Leeds United East Stand

The 57-year-old says he rejected Leeds United 26 years ago, admitting it might not have been the right decision.

Terry Butcher - England

Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, Terry Butcher has revealed that he snubbed a move to Leeds United in 1990 in order to become Coventry City's player-manager.

Butcher, who won 77 caps for England, opens up on how he rejected the chance to join the West Yorkshire outfit 26 years ago at the age of 31.

Instead, the 57-year-old joined the Sky Blues in a two-role capacity in which he lasted two years, before finishing his eventful career with stints at Sunderland and Clydebank, retiring in 1993.

Terry Butcher - England

Given what Leeds achieved not long after the rejection, it is easy to see why Butcher remains somewhat haunted by the decision.

Two years after he opted for Coventry, Leeds, under Howard Wilkinson, won England's top flight division, and Butcher jovially admits that he may have made the wrong decision.

Terry Butcher - Ipswich in action against Gary Bennett - Man City

“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!," he said to the Yorkshire Post.

“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!”

Hibernian manager Terry Butcher (L) and Hamilton Academical manager Alex Neil (R)

United have not won England's biggest prize since that season, and it might be a while before they win it again. The Whites have spent over a decade out of the top flight, but owner Massimo Cellino seems hell bent on getting them back.

The ruthless Italian has fired six managers in his two-year stint, with the latest casualty of his reign, Steve Evans, being replaced by 37-year-old Garry Monk this week.

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