Andy Butler appointed boss of Doncaster Rovers Belles

Doncaster Rovers Belles new management duo, Andy Butler and assistant Nic Buxton.
Belles new management duo; Andy Butler and assistant Nick Buxton. (Photo: doncasterrovers.co.uk)

Scunthorpe United player, Andy Butler, who spent five years with Doncaster Rovers and remained a coach at the club, is the Belles new first-team manager.

Butler will be assisted by former Scarborough and Halifax Town goalkeeper Nick Buxton, who has also built up his coaching experience with the Rovers academy side.

Dav Doone will step down as first-team assistant manager to give him sole focus on his role as RTC technical director as he helps to bring through the next crop of talent within the Belles’ ranks.

Belles chief executive Russ Green told doncasterroversfc.co.uk: “I had a chat with Andy who said he’d love the opportunity, he’s a Doncaster lad who loves the club and has great standing as a coach already, he’ll be coming in to strengthen the team up and hopefully kick on for the rest of the season.

“I think it’s a great asset for us to have having a professional footballer and coach coming in to take over in a managerial capacity, he’s got great experience and hopefully that can come across to the girls.

“I believe they’ll really learn a lot from him, we have a few games coming up where we’re looking to keep getting results on the board and as we’ve said from day one, this has been a consolidation season for us and we want to build a squad to kick on with next year.”

Butler’s first game as manager will be on Sunday when the Belles host FA WNL Northern Premier Division side Huddersfield Town in the Sheffield & Hallamshire FA County Cup.

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