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Chief executive pleased for Butler

6 November 2020

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Belles chief executive Russ Green is delighted to see Andy Butler take charge of the men’s first team at Rovers on a temporary basis.

With Rovers manager Darren Moore and his coaching staff required to self-isolate after contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, Butler will oversee things from the touchline - starting with Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup game at FC United of Manchester - until they are able to resume duties in person.

Green said: “Andy has done a fantastic job since coming in to join the Belles earlier in 2020, we’re second in the table and everyone is feeling positive about where we are as a club.

“A lot of credit for that goes to Andy who, working with his staff, has put in place a professional structure which the girls all love. He came highly recommended to us based on his Academy coaching, and this is a great opportunity for him.”

Green also believes the decision to hand Butler the temporary reins shows the value of the Belles’ move into the Club Doncaster family - with the club in their second season as part of the group.

He added: “It is hard to imagine many organisations with the structure and trust that would allow a decision like this to be made. We work closely with the Club Doncaster chief executive Gavin Baldwin and everyone within the group on a daily basis, which meant the trust was there when Rovers needed a bit of temporary help.

“We will all be right behind Andy on Saturday, as we are always are with Rovers, and we obviously wish Darren and his coaching staff well as they self-isolate.”

Live coverage as Rovers take on FC United of Manchester in the Emirates FA Cup will be available on Match Of the Day, on BBC 2, from 5.15pm on Saturday.

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