Butler must take pay cut to stay as Botswana coach

> Bakang Mhaladi

Butler has made it public that he has received several offers from Al Hilal of Sudan and the Burkina Faso football association, among others.

Butler, however, this week told the media he is ready to stay on provided the right terms are agreed.

“I’m meeting the (BFA president, Maclean) Letshwiti anytime soon. I’m quite happy to see how things develop at BFA and more importantly evaluate my options as it’s two months before my contract expires. But as I’ve said before, I would be happy to stay if terms are acceptable,” the coach said.

BFA public relations officer, Tumo Mpatane, confirmed that they would hold talks with the coach in due course.

“‘PJ’ (Butler) has a contract until March, he is still our coach until then. If there is a change, then we will inform the public,” he said.

Butler, who arrived in Botswana in February 2014, is reportedly growing restive after the contract situation was left until late.

Sources said the BFA would offer the coach less than his current US$9,000 (P90,000) deal because he is too expensive for the broke association.

But the former West Ham United midfielder is not prepared to accept a pay cut, instead is prepared to listen to other offers if a satisfactory conclusion is not reached.

Sources say BFA president Letshwiti is preparing to offer the Englishman a new contract with a mandate of qualifying for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals. Botswana has been drawn against Angola, Burkina Faso and Mauritius.

During his three-year term, Butler fared relatively well, taking the Zebras to their first COSAFA Cup final against South Africa in Namibia last winter.

He was brave enough to throw young and rising talent in the deep end with rousing success.

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