ARGYLE manager Derek Adams is relishing the chance to come up against his former manager and Highland derby rival Terry Butcher in Saturday's game against Newport County.
Butcher inherited Adams as a player when he took over as manager at Motherwell, and promoted Derek to vice-captain. When skipper Scott Leach was out through injury, Adams took the armband at Fir Park to lead out the team represnting for the former England defender.
Adams later became a dougout rival, taking charge of Ross County while Butcher moved to highland rivals Inverness Caledonian Thistle. The pair appeared to have some fiery exchanged during matches, but anhead of their reunion, Derek played it cool.
"The two of us are very good friends," he said. "It'll be good to see him. He's always a nice man to be around and a great character.
"He's had a very good career. I'm looking forward to meeting up with him this Saturday, the last time we met was when he was at Hibs and I was manager at Ross County. He sent me a text [at the start of the season] to wish me luck.
Full of admiration for the former England central defender, Adams described Butcher as a very passionate man and a hard worker. "He's obviously played for England 76 times," said Derek. "He had a good spell north of the border as as a player and he's taken that into management.
"As a person he was top class. He's had a very good career and I'm looking forward to meeting up with him this Saturday!"