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Platinum Stars hires Butler

Publishing Date : 19 June, 2017


Rustenburg based outfit Platinum Stars has finally confirmed Peter James Butler as their next head coach, just  few days after he parted ways with Botswana Football Association(BFA).

The Brighton left the Zebras under a cloud, and was also interviewed by Bloemfontein Celtic. However Stars have been chasing him since April of this year and was only fair for him to commit to them after refusing to sign a long term deal with the association. Butler has already agreed a salary and has discussed possible transfer targets with the club. Reports say he will be presented to the team players anytime soon.

Butler is succeeding Calvin Johnson who has won few major trophies with Stars. However, it is said that Dikwena’s plan had always been to keep Johnson in the job for three years before handing over to someone younger. But the lack of progress on the pitch and the fact that many of the club’s new signings failed to improve the team meant that the club decided to end the deal with the award winning coach.

However it is said Johnson was always aware of the situation with the club having initially sounded the name of former Polokwane City  coach Luc Eymael as a possible candidate. And even before the season ends it was common knowledge that Platinum Stars would not be satisfied with his season performance. Top 8 qualification has always been their main aim and Johnson could only manage a 9th-place finish, just a point shy from the top 8 spot.

However the former Super Sport gaffer told South African media that he has no hard feeling towards Stars over not renewing his deal, although he has been left surprised by the decision, feeling he had done well with the Rustenburg club this season. "They didn't renew my contract. That’s the way football goes,” Johnson, who led Stars to a ninth-placed finish in the Absa Premiership in 2016/17, he said. "I think we did well. We promoted a lot of youngsters and qualified for the CAF Confederation Cup group stages. It was up to the club to give reasons [to part ways], they only said they can’t renew the contract,” he adds.

Butler becomes the second English coach to move from the country into South Africa after Mark Harrison who coached Rollers switched alligence to Baroka FC. It is expected that Butler will give few local players a chance to enter professional football following news that Jwaneng Galaxy duo Thero Setsile and  Thabang Sesinyi are expected to go for trials at the same team. Both of the players were the core of Butler‘s team.



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