April 24, 2007 / 7:54 PM / 12 years ago

Soccer-Roundup 2-Gambia name Spaniard Martinez as coach

LONDON, April 24 (Reuters) - Soccer news in brief from around the world:

* Gambia appointed Spaniard Jose Martinez as national team coach on Tuesday to replace German Antoine Hey after disagreements over monthly bonus payments, the West African country’s government said.

Martinez has coached several Spanish sides and played for Real Zaragoza.

Hey was appointed in September to coach Gambia, continental Africa’s smallest country, three years after the national team was disbanded following a disastrous run of results in World Cup and African Nations Cup qualifiers.

* Former England captain Terry Butcher has been appointed manager of Brentford, who have just been relegated to the English fourth division. He will start the job on May 7, the club’s Web site www.brentfordfc.premiumtv.co.uk said.

Butcher, who made 77 appearances for England, made his name as a defender for Ipswich Town and Rangers in the 1980s.

* The Bulgarian Football Union is expected to name its new national team coach at a meeting on Wednesday following the departure of Hristo Stoichkov.

Stoichkov, regarded as his country’s greatest-ever player, quit after Bulgaria’s dismal goalless draw with Albania earlier this month to take charge of Primera Liga side Celta Vigo.

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