Nicky Butt Profile

Wi­th new play­ers com­ing thro­ugh the ranks, Nicky Butt ev­entually fou­nd that his fir­st te­am op­por­tun­it­ies were some­what lim­ited at Man­chester Uni­ted, and the play­maker joi­ned New­castle Uni­ted for a fee of ar­ound £2.5 mil­lion in Ju­ly 2004 as a re­place­ment for Welsh in­ter­na­tion­al mid­fielder Ga­ry Speed who had be­en trans­ferred to Bol­ton Wan­derers earli­er the same month. Af­ter a loan spell wi­th Birm­ing­ham City in the 2005–06 sea­son, he re­turned to St James´s Park where the un­selfish mid­field work­horse pro­ceeded to make 134 Lea­gue ap­pear­ances for The Mag­pies be­fore he made a move to Hong Kong out­fit So­uth China in Nov­ember 2010. On the in­ter­na­tion­al sta­ge, Butt won his fir­st seni­or cap for Eng­land when he came on a as a sec­ond ha­lf sub­sti­tute for Liver­pool mid­fielder Ste­ve Mc­Man­a­man in a 2-0 friendly vic­tory over Mex­ico at Wemb­ley Sta­dium on the 29th of Mar­ch 1997. The Man­cuni­an would go on to play 39 ga­mes for The Three Li­ons wi­th his fi­nal ap­pear­ance for his na­tion com­ing in a 1-0 friendly de­feat ag­ainst Spain at San­ti­ago Bern­abeu in Mad­rid on the 17th of Nov­ember 2004, at the age of 29. Butt re­turned to Man­chester Uni­ted as a coach for the club re­serve te­am in Oct­ober 2012,  and was ap­poin­ted Head of the Academy in Feb­ruary 2016. Nicky Butt Play­ing Ca­reer: Man­chester Uni­ted, New­castle Uni­ted, Birm­ing­ham City, So­uth China. Man­aging Ca­reer: None.

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