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Football: Butcher can give Gers the chop Says JOHN WARK; EXCLUSIVE CIS CUP FINAL COUNTDOWN.

Byline: EWAN SMITH

JOHN WARK saw Terry Butcher rattle German side Cologne's cage in the UEFA Cup Semi-Final - and knew the young defender was destined to become a managerial great.

Butcher was just 21 when he psyched Cologne out of Europe by banging the fencing that surrounded the players tunnel at the Muengersdorfer Stadium during Ipswich's UEFA Cup-winning season in 1981.

That incident was just one of many during Motherwell boss Butcher's early years which told Scotland star Wark that his Ipswich team-mate was a born leader.

A hospital visit, after losing several pints of blood in a head clash at Luton followed, along with Butcher's trademark door-kicking after a defeat at local rivals Norwich.

And as Butcher gears up for his biggest ever coaching task - leading Well out in the CIS Cup Final against Rangers next Sunday - Wark insists his aggressive style can help them pull off a shock.

Wark, capped 29 times by Scotland, said: "Everything you see from Terry Butcher the manager comes from his time as a player. He was a huge motivator in the Ipswich dressing room in an era where football was as much about aggression and fear than anything else.

"We had a dressing room of leaders and because of that we so nearly won the treble of the league, FA Cup and UEFA Cup in 1981.

"A lot of our success was down to guys like Terry and Paul Mariner getting us wound up wherever we went.

"His finest hour came when he wound up the Cologne players in the UEFA Cup Semi-Final.

"We went there with a 1-0 lead from the first leg fearing that they would destroy us. But as we walked up the tunnel - that resembled a prison cage - Terry started banging it and shouting at us to 'get into the useless Germans.'

"They didn't know what had hit them. I looked at their faces and you could already tell they were gone.

"Terry had won the game for us before we'd even stepped foot on the pitch and we won the second leg 1-0 to go on to beat AZ Alkmaar in the Final and lift the UEFA Cup.

"Terry played a big part in that. He inspired us in every round by shouting in the tunnel along with Mariner so at a very young age he was already showing the leadership qualities you need to be a manager."

Butcher quickly became a firm favourite at Rangers after Graeme Souness signed him to kick-off his Ibrox revolution.

At the time Souness declared he had signed the man who was destined to boss England in the 2002 World Cup and while that didn't quite happen, time is still on Butcher's side to move up the ranks.

It was Butcher's win-at-all-costs style that stood out but Wark insists that was something the Fir Park boss showed in abundance at Portman Road.

Wark, who still turns out for Liverpool in the SKY masters tournament, said: "On the park Terry took no prisoners. You've seen the pictures of him with his blood-strained England shirt and watched him boot the door in after an Old Firm game. He did all those things at Ipswich first.

"He went in for headers that no-one else would attempt and he paid the price at Luton one day, losing several pints of blood in a headclash.

"He was in hospital for days but when the boys travelled to London to see him all he wanted to talk about was how he had won the header.

"He always hated losing. I remember a derby match with Norwich where we heard Terry before we saw him as he kicked the door off its hinges because the referee had upset him with one of his decisions.

"In those days you could get away with that sort of attitude but now they are trying to take the aggression out of the sport. I'm sure Terry still uses that style and it seems to be working at Motherwell.

"He's working wonders at that club with no money and his work can't continue to go unnoticed. I'm a big Rangers fan and I'm torn between wanting Terry to do well in the Final and seeing my side lift the cup.

"But I know one day he'll be lucky enough to make it easy for me by getting the chance to go back to Rangers as manager. Then I can really cheer him on."

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HIGH-FLIER: Wark insists Butcher can pull off a shock against Rangers in the CIS Cup Final; BLOODY HELL: Butcher's England heyday
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 13, 2005
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