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Butler joins as new 'keeper coach

8 July 2013

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson has added an extra member of staff to his coaching team ahead of the forthcoming campaign by appointing Lee Butler as the club's new goalkeeping coach.


Butler, 47, joins City after previous working as Doncaster Rovers' 'keeping coach for over four years.


He moved into the role at Doncaster in early 2008 and worked under previous Rovers managers Sean O'Driscoll, Dean Saunders and Brian Flynn before leaving the Keepmoat Stadium just over two weeks ago.


The Sheffield-born coach, who will now look after City's first-team 'keepers at the training ground and on match-days, becomes the Bantams' first permanent goalkeeping coach since Kevin Pressman left the club last summer.


Matt Duke, who joined Northampton Town last month, balanced his playing role with coaching duties last season.


Standing at 6' 1'', Butler enjoyed a twenty-two year playing career before turning his hand to coaching.


After starting out in the professional ranks with Lincoln City in 1986, Butler when on to play for the likes of Barnsley, Aston Villa, Wigan Athletic, Dunfermline Athletic and Doncaster before finishing his playing days at Halifax.


Parkinson said: "Lee comes to us highly recommended and he already knows some of the staff members around the club."


"We're delighted to have him in place and we look to forward working with him as part of our coaching staff."


As shown in the main article picture, Butler was at City's Apperley Bridge training ground this morning to take place in his first training session.


The goalkeeping coach will now also travel with the team for their trip to Ireland next week as part of the club's pre-season programme.



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