Steve Cotterill

Steve Cotterill was most recently the manager of Bristol City.  During an excellent 2014/15 season, Cotterill led the Robins to both the Football League Trophy and the League One title.

Cotterill has experience at all levels of football, including non-league from where he emerged as both player and manager.

Since leading hometown Cheltenham into the Football League for the first time, Cotterill has managed or coached in all four divisions of the professional pyramid.

Cotterill had previous success in his first managerial post before joining Cheltenham. He finished third in the top flight of the League of Ireland with Sligo Rovers, who also reached the final of the League Cup and entered Europe where they managed commendable draws with the likes of Nantes and Heerenveen.

He achieved three promotions with Cheltenham where he had once been a striker in a playing career that took in Wimbledon and Bournemouth.

The first promotion - in his first full year - saw the club enter the Conference from the Southern League Premier Division.

Cheltenham also won the FA Trophy under Cotterill who, after leading his side to second in the Conference, won the League's feeder division in 1999 to break more new ground.

Town established themselves in the top half of the then Third Division in their first two seasons in the League before being promoted in 2002. That year they also reached the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time.

Cotterill, armed with the UEFA Pro Licence, was appointed by Stoke City before leaving for Sunderland shortly afterwards to take up a Premier League coaching opportunity under Howard Wilkinson.

Cotterill re-emerged as manager of Burnley in 2004 where he fought financial difficulties to keep the club respectably placed in the Championship throughout his reign.

When he departed Turf Moor by mutual consent in November, 2007, Burnley were challenging for the play-offs. At the time, he was the longest-serving current manager in the Championship after three years and seven months.

Burnley were also giant killers during Cotterill's tenure. They beat Aston Villa in the League Cup and conquered Liverpool to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Steve later managed Notts County, having joined the club on February 23, 2010. Despite his short stay with the club, he won the League Two Title, Promotion to League One, two Manager of the Month awards and obtained an astonishing win percentage of over 75%.

His appointment at the City Ground followed a spell at Championship rivals Portsmouth, where Steve brought some much needed stability to the club after relegation and administration, as he guided Pompey to a mid-table finish in the npower Championship (2010/11).

Despite also bringing stability back to Nottingham Forest by securing their Championship status in 11/12 the club parted company with Steve after the Al-Hasawi family took ownership of Forest.

Honours (11)
  • league-titles
    • Bristol City:
      • Sky Bet League One Title, (2015-05-03)
  • personal-awards
    • Bristol City:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League One, (31/03/2015)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League One, (30/09/2014)
    • Notts County:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League Two, (2010-04-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League Two, (2010-03-01)
    • Burnley:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (2006-10-01)
  • domestic-trophies
    • Bradford City:
      • Johnstone Paint Trophy Winners, (2015-03-22)
    • Cheltenham Town:
      • FA Trophy Winners, (1998-05-17)
  • promotions
    • Notts County:
      • Promotion to Coca Cola League One, (2010-04-27)
    • Cheltenham Town:
      • Promotion to Nationwide Division Two, (2002-05-06)
      • Promotion to Nationwide Division Three, (1999-05-30)
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