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Ex-Robin reveals Bristol City regret



Former Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill has today spoken about his departure from the club in 2016, and his potential return to football management.

Steve Cotterill has opened up about his time as Robins manager, and has revealed that he should’ve had more time in the role.

Having been appointed manager of League One Bristol City in 2013, he guided the Robins to a club-record 99-point finish in the 2014/15 season to lift the title, and lift a third EFL trophy the same year.

The 55-year-old told Gloucestershire Live today:

“I want to add to my five promotions, but I also have a hunger for developing young players. I had that at Cheltenham because I was there for five-and-a-half years and I had it at Burnley because I was there for four. Should I have had longer than two-and-a-half at Bristol City? 100 per cent yes, without question.”

Cotterill was sacked by Bristol City in January 2016 with the club 22nd in the Championship, and without a win in seven league games.

He went on to join Harry Redknapp at Birmingham City as a first-team coach, before succeeding Redknapp in October 2017.

Cotterill lasted less than 30 games though and was dismissed in March 2018.

He has since been without a club, but is keen on a return to football management. Most recently, he was linked with the vacant Bristol Rovers job in December last year but missed out on the role.

Since undergoing neck surgery this year, Cotterill is poised to take on his next challenge.

“Now I am fit and healthy I want to get back in and work for the right people” he said. “I still have the energy and the hunger, which is why I am in the gym so much and I miss management every single day.”

The verdict

Cotterill’s name is hailed around Bristol. His achievements with the Robins will forever be remembered but in a day and age where younger managers are the preference, Cotterill may find his route back into the industry hampered.

Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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