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FORMER Coventry City defender David Busst, whose playing career was ended by an horrific tackle which shocked the football world, has returned to the game as a manager with non-league Solihull Borough.

Busst, aged 32, saw his promising career ended when his leg was shattered during a Premiership match at Old Trafford against Manchester United in 1997.

Now he has joined Dr. Martens League Western division side Solihull as manager until the end of this season after taking the first steps to return to the game.

Busst, who has been working at Coventry helping to run a community football scheme since his playing career came to a shocking end, has replaced Paul Dyson after he was sacked as manager of the midlands outfit.

"I was more nervous on my first day as a manager than I was when I made my debut for Coventry," said Busst last night.

"It's a totally different experience being a manager. When you are playing all you have to worry about is looking after yourself and any nerves vanish as soon as you get out there onto the pitch.

"But being a manager and looking after 14 players means you have a bit more responsibilty."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 2, 2000
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