Former Burnley Boss Sacked

Steve Cotterill Sacked by Bristol City

Former Burnley manager Steve Cotterill has been sacked as manager of Championship strugglers Bristol City.  Cotterill took over in 2013 and won the League One title and the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in his second season.

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The 51-year-old has previously managed Nottingham Forest, Portsmouth, Notts County, Burnley, Stoke, Cheltenham Town and Sligo Rovers.  He leaves City, who host leaders Middlesbrough on Saturday, in 22nd position and just two points from safety.

The team have failed to win in seven matches and assistant manager John Pemberton and Wade Elliott, boss of the club’s under-21 side, will take interim charge.

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Cotterill had held a news conference earlier on Thursday to look ahead to Saturday’s game against Boro, and had discussed the club missing out on the signing of Bolton striker Zac Clough.

Speaking about the managers sacking club chairman Keith Dawe said, “It’s only 256 days since Steve Cotterill led Bristol City to their first league title since 1995 and last season’s success will live in the memory.

Sadly, since the highs of last March and May things have not gone our way on the pitch and the club’s aspiration is to ultimately become a Premier League club and this decision has been made to achieve our overall strategy for growth and player development.”

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