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Steve Cotterill named as new Bristol City boss

By The Bristol Post  |  Posted: December 03, 2013

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Steve Cotterill has been named as the new head coach at Bristol City.

Cotterill, 49, had been out of management since leaving Nottingham Forest in July 2012.

City have been looking for a new boss after sacking Sean O'Driscoll on Thursday last week.

Cotterill has agreed a three-and-a-half year contract and takes the reins immediately, with his first game in charge being the FA Cup with Budweiser second round tie at Tamworth on Sunday.

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Cheltenham-born Cotterill was unveiled at a press conference this morning, before taking charge of training for the first time.

City vice chairman Jon Lansdown said: “I'm delighted that Steve has chosen to join Bristol City Football Club.

“I believe he has the drive, energy and ability to get us back to winning ways.

“He is passionate about bringing success to this club and I am looking forward to working with him to achieve that.”

Cotterill began his managerial career with a two-year spell at Sligo Rovers in Ireland, whom he led into Europe.

He moved to Cheltenham Town in 1997, then a non-league club. They were promoted from the Southern League Premier Division to the Football Conference in his first season.

The success continued, lifting the FA Trophy a year later and steering the Robins to second place in the Conference – at a time when there were no play-offs. It mattered little as Cheltenham secured the Conference title in the following campaign to reach the Football League for the first time.

Two successive top half finishes in League Two were to follow before Cotterill then took Cheltenham to the League Two play-off final, where they won 1-0 at the Millennium Stadium against Rushden & Diamonds.

Cotterill remains a hero to fans of Cheltenham, who have never seen their side higher than the heady League One days of his reign.

In the summer of 2002 he was rewarded for his Cheltenham exploits with a move to Stoke City before joining Sunderland soon after as assistant to Howard Wilkinson.

In 2004 Burnley came calling for Cotterill and he maintained their Championship status, despite going through a period where the club’s best players were being sold.

Cotterill spent the last few months of the 2009/10 season at Notts County, where he helped them claim the League Two title – his fourth promotion as a manager.

He then helped steer Portsmouth through a period of financial difficulty, before taking over at Nottingham Forest 18 months later.

Cotterill’s most recent job in football was coaching with Queens Park Rangers under Harry Redknapp’s management last term, but now he’s back at the helm of a club close to his roots.

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  • piratetoff  |  December 04 2013, 7:56PM

    Always a joy to catch up on City82 news and views! Makes you realise that things aren't as bad as you thought they were across town. The only person regretting a 3.5 year contract right now will be Mr Cotterill should he choose to read this little lot! Still Steve, if you think this is a sad reflection of the supporters mentality that exits at Ashton Gate, wait until you get spat on as you leave the dug out! 'A short list of candidates should have been drawn up' - oh please stop now, my ribs are aching !!

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  • JohnSG  |  December 04 2013, 12:56AM

    TonyIreland - well done, the job is yours!

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  • SimpleStan  |  December 03 2013, 11:37PM

    If he's anything like Gerry Cotterill he'll be good with clowns.

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  • Flowellawella  |  December 03 2013, 11:15PM

    What a lot of doom and gloom from 98% of the comments anyone would think were a Prem team the way most of you carry on. In my books he's the right man for the job got a good track record at the lower leagues and he's the man to get the lads up and running and get us to the prem . mid table finish then hopefully back to back promotions in a year or two And when we finally get to the Prem you can (explcit) and shout then because that's when we will need to throw a few mill for a decent manager. but until then stop the hating or go follow the gas and bring them down with all your whinging

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  • CiderheadNott  |  December 03 2013, 10:36PM

    @forandaft - You don't seem to be a passionate Bristol City fan because if you were you would understand completely why disappointment is dominating these pages. Even the fans have to have a leader they can get behind and believe in and this is not the case with Mr Cotterill. This is probably more the fault of a long long series of bad bad decisions by those in power at Ashton Gate rather than being Mr Cotterll's fault per say, but he is uninspiring and I'm afraid that the faithful have no confidence in him at all. We would all love to be proved wrong but with the recent history and management of the club it really is down to Mr Cotterill to prove us all wrong - if he can. And every City fan would love that to happen, but no one believes it will. The words that emanate from Ashton Gate, uttered by whomever, no longer have of any value of any sort whatsoever. Only actions will suffice now - actions that will turn the club round and get the fans believing again. And that responsibility is firmly on Mr Cotterill's shoulders and he will most probably get little help from anyone else at the club to help him achieve this.

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  • BaronBumble  |  December 03 2013, 7:39PM

    Old boy network? In a place of work in Bristol? Never (?)

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  • fisherking  |  December 03 2013, 6:30PM

    Not my first choice i must admit. But hes the manager of the club i love and support, so i will get over it and support him. Attacking him when hes not even had a game in charge is mindless stupidity. Get over it .if you don't want to support the club, then don't, get a sky subscription and watch that. We only want fans that go by results and not by reputation. Come on you reds

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  • marmeliser  |  December 03 2013, 5:56PM

    if we didn't know it b4, now we know that this ''club'' isn't being run for the benefit of the fans, nor the smaller shareholders, nor even the players. it's to appease the egos of the lansdowns and their lackeys. said it b4, and i'll say it again. there IS NO STRATEGY. NO DIRECTION, NO INTEREST IN BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL CLUB this is short-termism, expedient, lazy, unoriginal, mediocre and incompetent. we should - and WILL - stay away in our droves. any young player who's a GENUINE footballer will be clamouring for a move. as per usual, anyone who's any good will go, and the hangers-on will continue to clog up the place. watch out - BCFC will be a franchise of wimbledon. ashton dons anyone? the stench from AG and failand is now overwhelming. disgust with what's happened here can't even BEGIN to describe what i feel.

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  • Kingsboy  |  December 03 2013, 5:09PM

    He says he's not a personal friend of Dawes - that has to be a plus, now let's get behind him.

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  • forandaft  |  December 03 2013, 4:41PM

    Can't believe all the negative comments on here, call yourselves supporters? get behind the man, and the team, people are slagging the guy off even before he starts the job.

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