Doncaster Rovers: Butler’s duties change under new manager

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Goalkeeper coach Lee Butler - in typically jovial style - denied he had earned a job promotion when I put that suggestion to him.

“Butts” has been a more visible part of Rovers’ backroom team since Brian Flynn took the reins, towering over Rovers’ boss in the technical area.

Cue the sarcastic response when I asked Butler what exactly he was listening to in his newly acquired earpiece.

“A bit of Smooth FM,” replied Butler.

Butler’s job is no longer just to work with goalkeepers Neil Sullivan, Gary Woods and Jon Maxted.

Ever since Dave Richards departed, he has also been hands-on with the kit man duties that Mud used to perform.

And Butler’s matchday role has changed too. He is now involved in relaying information from a spy in the stands to Flynn.

‘Smooth FM’ is actually the voice of video analyst Adam Smith who watches from the gantry.

Needless to say, Butler is also a central character when it comes to raising a laugh off the pitch.

He’s a larger than life character playing a very big role in the day-to-day running of Doncaster Rovers.