Butler nearing Terengganu exit with issuance of termination letter

Football Association of Terengganu hands English coach Peter Butler his termination letter for breaking a suspension clause in his contract

The recent controversy involving the Terengganu state football team has taken a fresh twist when head coach Peter Butler was given his termination letter yesterday for a breach of contract.

Butler, who was fined and handed a six-month suspension by the Football Association of Terengganu on Monday for reporting to the media about the team’s internal conflicts, has now been issued a termination of service letter.  According to his contract, getting suspended for more than a month is deemed as a breaking of a clause which warrants a sacking.

It looks increasingly like a desperate attempt by the Terengganu FA to get rid of an unpopular coach without suffering too much financial loss.

The 46-year-old Butler told The New Straits Times when contacted yesterday: “I will not be able to talk about it yet as I need to discuss the contents of the letter with my lawyer but suffice to say, in all my years as a professional football player and coach, I have never seen anything like this.”

The former West Ham United defender joined the Turtles only three months ago in June, to replace the sacked Mat Zan Mat Aris.