Steve Cotterill succeeds Harry Redknapp as Birmingham City manager

first_imgTopics Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Cotterill’s new role, which will officially begin on Monday, sees him return to the club having been Redknapp’s assistant manager for three games at the end of last season. He left that position in the summer to pursue opportunities as a manager and gets that chance back at St Andrew’s.Carsley was caretaker manager for two games following Redknapp’s dismissal and led the side to four points, drawing with Derby County before beating Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.The former Blues midfielder will be in charge for the league match with Hull City on Saturday before Cotterill takes the reins next week. The first-team coach, Paul Groves, and the goalkeeping coach, Kevin Hitchcock, will remain part of Cotterill’s backroom staff.“A lot of quality candidates applied for the manager position and we underwent a very, very careful and meticulous process of selection,” Ren added. “We are also delighted that Lee Carsley will be Steve’s assistant manager and, with the rest of the management team, we are excited about the future prospects. We are sure they can do a great job.”Cotterill has had a lengthy career in management, with spells at Cheltenham Town, Stoke City, Burnley, Notts County, Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City. He led Cheltenham, his hometown club, to three promotions and the FA Trophy during a five-year spell. He also led Notts County, who were in disarray when he took over, to the League Two title in 2009-10. Bristol City won the 2014-15 League One title with a record 99 points under his stewardship, and also added that season’s Football League Trophy, though his spells with Pompey and Forest were less successful.Cotterill is Birmingham’s fourth manager in under a year after the club’s owner, Trillion Trophy Asia, sacked Gary Rowett in December before his successor Gianfranco Zola resigned in April having overseen only two wins in 22 league games. Redknapp came in with the brief of keeping Birmingham in the Championship and managed to do so on the final day of last season.Before this campaign he vowed to lead the club back to the Premier League. However, the former Tottenham Hotspur manager struggled despite signing 14 players during the summer transfer window and subsequently lost his job this month. Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Read morecenter_img Share on Twitter Birmingham City have appointed Steve Cotterill as their new manager and successor to Harry Redknapp. The 53-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Championship club, and will be assisted by Lee Carsley.Redknapp was sacked on 16 September after City took only four points from their opening eight league games of the season.The chief executive officer, Xuandong Ren, told the club’s website: “We have every faith in Steve Cotterill to help us achieve the ambitions we all share.” Championship Share on Facebook news Birmingham City Football League roundup: Ipswich pile pressure on Sunderland’s Graysonlast_img

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