Birmingham City appoint Steve Cotterill as Harry Redknapp's successorby Jack Kitson / 29 September 2017, 10:26Tweet
Birmingham City have appointed their former assistant Steve Cotterill as Harry Redknapp’s replacement at St Andrew’s, just under a fortnight after the latter was sent packing after only 13 matches as Blues boss.
Cotterill joined the club as Redknapp’s assistant late last season, with the duo teaming up to help save Birmingham from the dreaded drop out of the Championship after recording six points from the club’s final three games.
Cotterill was reportedly keen on bagging the manager's job himself in the summer, and was believed to be disappointed after the club opted to stick with veteran gaffer Redknapp - he left the Midlands outfit as a result.
However, the 53-year-old is now back at Birmingham after signing a two-and-a-half-year deal, with caretaker Lee Carsley staying on as his assistant.
The likes of Aitor Karanka, Steve McClaren, Alan Pardew, and Nigel Pearson were all linked with the Championship club.
Since entering into the managerial arena in 1995 with Irish side Sligo Rovers Cotterill has held a number of posts at the likes of Cheltenham, Stoke, Burnley, Notts County, Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest, and most recently Bristol City, with varying degrees of success.
Successes include moulding together one of the best ever League One sides in Bristol City who stormed to the 2014/15 title with a club record 99 points. In the same campaign Cotterill led the Robins to Football League Trophy glory, while he’s previously won the League Two title with Notts County, and led Cheltenham from the Southern Football League to the Old Third Division, winning the FA Trophy along the way.
Lows include a 13 game spell at Stoke, and the way his Bristol City tenure came to an end just six months after he won the title.
Caretaker Carsley will remain in charge of the first team for Saturday’s match away to Leonid Slutsky’s Hull, meaning Cotterill’s first game at the helm is a televised clash at home to Neil Warnock’s high-flying Cardiff on Friday 13th October.