Ian Butterworth

Ian Butterworth
Personal information
Full name Ian Stuart Butterworth
Date of birth (1964-01-25) 25 January 1964
Place of birth Crewe, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Queens Park Rangers (chief scout)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1985 Coventry City 90 (0)
1985–1986 Nottingham Forest 27 (0)
1986Norwich City (loan) 4 (0)
1986–1994 Norwich City 231 (4)
1995 King's Lynn ? (?)
1996 Colorado Rapids 17 (0)
1997 IK Brage 11 (0)
1997 Stafford Rangers ? (?)
1998 Cobh Ramblers ? (?)
Total 363 (4)
National team
1984–1986 England U21 8 (1)
Teams managed
1997 IK Brage
1998 Cobh Ramblers
2009 Norwich City (caretaker manager)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ian Stuart Butterworth (born 25 January 1964 in Cheshire) is a former professional footballer, formerly assistant and caretaker manager at Norwich City.[1] He is currently the chief scout at Queens Park Rangers

Playing career

Butterworth was a central defender who started his career at Coventry City then joined Nottingham Forest as part of a deal that also took future England international Stuart Pearce to Forest from Coventry. In September 1986 he joined Norwich City on loan before signing for the club permanently for a fee of £160,000 the following month.

He was a regular for 8 years at Norwich in the centre of defence until knee injuries forced him to retire. He played for the Canaries during what was arguably the finest part of their history so far. He helped them finish fifth in the league in his first season (a year after promotion), finish fourth and reach the FA Cup semi-finals in 1989, reach another FA Cup semi-final in 1992, finished a club best third in the new FA Premier League in 1993 and eliminate Bayern Munich from the UEFA Cup in his final season.

An attempt to resurrect his career at King's Lynn failed and Ian moved to the USA to play for the Colorado Rapids.

Butterworth restarted his career in Sweden with IK Brage (11 apps 0 goals) and in September 1997 he became Player Manager but wanted to return home and joined Stafford Rangers as a player. In the early part of 1998 He joined Cobh Ramblers as Player Manager.

In May 1998 he joined Darlington as assistant manager but resigned on 2 July 2000. In October 2000 he joined Cardiff as assistant he was there to 2004 until Sam Hammam sacked him.[2]

Coaching career

In May 1998, he joined Dave Hodgson's Darlington as Assistant Manager. They led Darlington to a Wembley appearance in the Division Two play-offs in 1999/2000 but in a shock move, Hodgson and Butterworth resigned from their jobs on 2 July 2000, with Hodgson immediately replaced by Gary Bennett.

In October 2000, Ian was appointed as Number 2 to Alan Cork at Cardiff City and this partnership was successful as Cardiff gained promotion to Division Two in April 2001. As assistant to Lennie Lawrance, Ian helped Cardiff into Division One in May 2003.

On 3 September 2004, Cardiff sacked Butterworth and finess coach Clive Goodyear. Bluebirds owner Sam Hammam said a change was needed to give manager Lennie Lawrence a "right-hand man who is a super coach, a bit of an animal". Hammam added: "Lennie is the right manager for Cardiff City, we will not change that. But maybe it's time to change things around." Early speculation linked former Wimbledon manager and current Watford coach Terry Burton with the role In 2004, Norwich supporters voted Butterworth into the club's Hall of Fame.

He had a stint as coach at Bristol Rovers and the FA before joining Hartlepool United as reserve team manager. He then worked for the Football Association, including a stint at the World Cup in Germany 2006 before joining Hartlepool as Reserve Team Manager in early July 2006. "It's a fantastic appointment for the club," Pools boss Danny Wilson told his club's website."I am sure he is going to be a real asset for us. The fact that he has been to the World Cup helping the FA speaks volumes," he added

In February 2009, Butterworth was appointed Assistant Manager at Norwich City, working alongside new manager Bryan Gunn, a former team-mate.[1] He was made caretaker manager after Gunn's sacking in August, but he resigned on 19 August shortly after the appointment of new manager Paul Lambert.

In early October 2010, Butterworth was reported to have been interviewed for the vacant Lincoln City manager's position, available since Chris Sutton quit at the end of September 2010, but lost out.

Since leaving Norwich, Butterworth has helped his old Coventry and Forest teammate Stuart Pearce by scouting England Under-21's opponents. In June 2011, he was linked with the vacancy at Torquay.[3]

Managerial statistics

As of 18 August 2009.
Team Nat From To Record
Norwich City England 13 August 2009 19 August 2009 1010 0
Total 1 0 1 0 0


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mike Phelan
Norwich City Captain
Succeeded by
Mark Bowen
Preceded by
Mark Bowen
Norwich City Captain
Succeeded by
Jon Newsome
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