Steve Cotterill In Hospital Suffering From Coronavirus
Former Clarets manager and current Shrewsbury Town boss Steve Cotterill will watch Tuesday’s FA Cup third-round tie at Southampton from his hospital bed as he recovers from Covid-19. Having tested positive for coronavirus last week, the fifty-six year old was admitted to hospital in Bristol on Friday after his symptoms worsened. But after entering intensive care over the weekend he is starting to show signs of recovering.
Speaking on BBC Radio Shropshire the clubs assistant manager Aaron Willbraham said “I can tell he’s getting better as he’s begun to crack jokes, He has told me to tell the lads that he will be watching from his hospital bed, so they’d better be at it. We have really missed his energy around the place, but he has been really poorly with it for the last two weeks and he was in intensive care over the weekend. But his voice now sounds a lot better.”
It is not yet known for how long it will be before Steve Cotterill can return to his job, but Wilbraham has taken the reins assisted by academy coach David Longwell. The FA Cup tie was originally called off on 9th January 2021, after a coronavirus outbreak at the Sky Bet League One club.
Shrewsbury Town who have one other member of their playing staff still isolating after testing positive also had Saturday’s Sky Bet League One game against Lincoln City postponed. The Shropshire club, who are 17th in League One, will be playing for the first time in three weeks when they step out at St Mary’s, having not played since 29 December.