Doncaster Rovers can confirm that Andy Butler’s contract has been cancelled by mutual consent.
The 37-year-old has had a huge and positive impact on the football club across his two spells whether that be due to his extensive community work, his leadership skills on and off the field or his memorable goals and defensive interventions.
Butler has embodied the Club Doncaster ethos supporting Club Doncaster Foundation’s Fit Rovers project, coaching in the Academy and taking over the reins as Doncaster Rovers Belles manager leading to an upturn in results and performances.
After re-signing for Rovers in 2020, Butler became an important part of the squad, not only as a player but for his ability to take over the reins for two matches in November when the management team were self-isolating. In March 2021, Butler stepped up again in difficult circumstances after the sudden departure of Darren Moore and Jamie Smith to Sheffield Wednesday.
Butler said: “Firstly, I’d like to thank my friends and family for always being there for me. I’d also like to thank the players who supported me through my playing time and the backroom staff and ground staff who helped me through the great experience of managing the senior team in League One.
“It’s been a tough couple of weeks for me personally. For my well-being and for my family, I believe the choice to leave the Doncaster Rovers and start another playing journey elsewhere is the right one at this time.
“I’m still learning in my managerial career and will continue to do so with Doncaster Rovers Belles and Nick Buxton who will help me all the way.
"People will always ask if I regret the decision to take on the Rovers manager’s job and the answer is that I don’t regret it at all. To have the experiences I’ve had in such a short time I think will stand me in a great stead later on. Yes, the results didn’t go as well as I’d hoped, but I promise you I gave everything and more to put things right.
“I have loved every moment of being a Rovers player and interim manager. I’m a Doncaster lad through and through and have made the journey from fan to player, to manager which no one can take away from me.
“Finally, to the fans who stick with the club no matter what, I want to say a massive thank you! This lad from Balby hopes he’s done you all proud.”