Butterworth is City assistant manager

PUBLISHED: 16:12 03 February 2009 | UPDATED: 16:03 10 September 2010

Former Norwich City centre-back Ian Butterworth (left) was at Bryan Gunn's side for the first time at Wolves.

Former Norwich City centre-back Ian Butterworth (left) was at Bryan Gunn's side for the first time at Wolves.

Former Norwich City defender and captain Ian Butterworth has finally been confirmed as Bryan Gunn's assistant manager.

The 45-year-old resigned his post as number two at Hartlepool United and has returned to Carrow Road to re-join former team-mates Gunn and first team coach Ian Crook.

Former Norwich City defender and captain Ian Butterworth has finally been confirmed as Bryan Gunn's assistant manager.

The 45-year-old resigned his post as number two at Hartlepool United and has returned to Carrow Road to re-join former team-mates Gunn and first team coach Ian Crook.

Butterworth spent two-and-a-half years in the north east but has moved back down to Norfolk, signing a contract with the Canaries until the end of summer.

As a player, Butterworth's career with City began in the 1986-87 season having joined on a month's loan from Nottingham Forest before completing a £165,000 move.

Before Norwich, Butterworth turned out for Coventry - playing at Highfield Road between 1981 and 1985. He was also capped at under-21 level with England.

Nantwich-born Butterworth made 293 appearances in all competitions at Carrow Road, scoring four goals over his seven-and-a-half years with the club until knee injuries forced him out of the game.

An attempt to revive his career at King's Lynn was unsuccessful and he eventually moved to the USA to play for the Colarado Rapids.

Butterworth attempted to resurrect his career in Sweden with IK Brage, where he made 11 appearances before becoming player manager.

He then returned to the UK and after brief spells with Stafford Rangers and Cobh Ramblers, he took up the role as assistant manager at Darlington in 1998 and helped guide the Quakers to the Third Division play-offs in 1999-2000.

He went on to spend four years as number two at Cardiff City before coaching at Bristol Rovers and the FA. He joined Hartlepool United as reserve team manager in July 2006.

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