Paul Hurst was linked with a return, betting was briefly suspended on Gary Holt getting the job and Michael Jolley was a late contender, however it’s Steve Cotterill who has now been unveiled as Shrewsbury Town’s new manager.
The former Bristol City boss has today (Friday) put pen to paper and signed a lengthy three-and-a-half-year deal to replace Sam Ricketts, who left the club on Wednesday - the last Shrews manager to last this period of time was Graham Turner (2010–2014).
Cotterill may have been out of the dugout since a disappointing spell at Birmingham City two years ago, but he arrives at New Meadow with an impressive resume, which includes five promotions and league titles at Bristol City (League One) and Notts County (League Two).
In a club statement, Shrews CEO Brian Caldwell said:
“Steve brings a wealth of managerial experience with around 700 games to date. He has had a lot of success during his managerial career including five promotions, an EFL Trophy win, and three Manager of the Year Awards.
“It has been a whirlwind 48 hours but with matches coming thick and fast, we felt it was vitally important to appoint as quickly as possible. We are very grateful to Steve and his representative for their assistance in making this all happen in such a timeous fashion.
“We are sure you will give Steve a 'Shrewsbury welcome' and support him and the squad in our battle to improve our league position in the coming weeks.”
Cotterill’s first task will be getting points on the board with his new troops currently struggling down in 23rd in the League One table, with just one win this season.
The Shrews face Oxford in the FA Cup this weekend, followed by a league clash against Accrington Stanley on Thursday where a maximum of 2,000 fans will be allowed to attend.