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.