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HARRY’S MAN TO OVERSEE ACADEMY!

QPR’s Senior Scout agrees to Manor Farm role

One of Harry Redknapp’s most senior staff has agreed to oversee the new International Kickworldwide Institute and Academy at Manor Farm.
Ian Butterworth, who recently joined QPR as the club’s scouting co-ordinator, will oversee the delivery of all coaching at the KW Academy providing first class guidance for the players and coaches.

Ian is well known to Kickworldwide having been the anchor coach and presenter of last year’s Soccer Prince TV show in Turkey.

Crewe born Butterworth, commenced his professional career as a player at Coventry City in 1981 where he went on to make 90 appearances. Four years later he joined Nottingham Forest making 27 appearances before going on loan to Norwich City who then secured his services on a permanent basis for a fee of £160,000.

He was a regular for 8 years at Norwich in the centre of defence and also made 8 international appearances for the England Under 21’s until knee injuries forced him to retire. He played for Norwich 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.

Following his retirement from playing, Ian gained valuable coaching experience at a number of clubs and went on to become the assistant manager of Norwich City in 2009. He is now one of a very select number of coaches to have attained the UEFA Pro License in the UK.

More recently Ian has become one of the key scouts for the England National team set up, working alongside Roy Hodgson and Stuart Pearce. Ian was also one of the key analysts for the Great Britain team that participated in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp has since secured Ian to play a senior role in the clubs scouting department.

Kickworldwide Director Steve Bellis commented ‘We are delighted to have someone of Ian’s stature to assist us with the development of our International academy at Manor Farm. We witnessed first-hand during the Soccer Prince show in Turkey how Ian can nurture young talent and his first class coaching standards. Boys and girls joining our academy will undoubtedly benefit greatly from his extensive experience’

Ian added ‘I enjoyed working with Kickworldwide on the show in Turkey working alongside the Steves and former Bolton legend, Paul Jones. Having now moved back to Cheshire I am in a position where I can assist with the International Academy at Manor Farm alongside my responsibilities to QPR. I am looking forward to helping to create a first class environment for youngsters from the UK and all over the world’

The official launch of the Kickworldwide Institute and Academy is expected to take place in early October.

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