Steve Cotterill Axed by Bristol City

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Championship strugglers Bristol City have sacked manager Steve Cotterill, effective immediately.

The 51-year-old, who last season guided the Robins to the League One title and the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, was relieved of his duties last night following a poor run of form.

Steve Cotterill Axed by Bristol City

The former Nottingham Forest, Portsmouth, Notts County and Burnley manager became embroiled in a war of words with a supporter after Tuesday night’s disappointing loss to relegation rivals Preston, a game that proved to be the last of his two year reign.

Club chairman Keith Dawe said in a statement on the club’s website: “I brought Steve Cotterill into Bristol City just over two years ago as I believed he could keep us in League One that year and build from there.

“Steve did keep us in the division and went on, in conjunction with the rest of the organisation, to deliver a League One championship and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. That season will live in the memory for a long time.

“Sadly, since the highs of last March and May things have not gone our way on the pitch and Steve has now left the club.”

Cotterill, who was last season praised for his signings in the transfer window after building a league winning side, has struggled to secure a number of high profile targets this term.

Assistant manager John Pemberton and Under 21’s coach Wade Elliot will take charge of first team duties until a replacement is found.

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Main Photo Caption: Bristol City’s English manager Steve Cotterill arrives for the English FA Cup third-round football match between West Bromwich Albion and Bristol City at The Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich, central England, on January 9, 2016. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images.