New man­ager is fan-tas­tic ap­point­ment

Birmingham Post - - SPORT -

STEVE Cot­ter­ill was de­lighted to dis­cover he was the fans’ choice to be­come Blues man­ager.

The 53-year-old came top in a poll as sup­port­ers voted for their pre­ferred can­di­date to take the job in the af­ter­math of Harry Red­knapp’s sack­ing.

He had not been aware of the re­sult un­til be­ing in­formed of the wel­come boost dur­ing his un­veil­ing at St An­drew’s.

Cot­ter­ill thanked the St An­drew’s faithful for their back­ing as he re­turned to a ‘spe­cial club’.

“I don’t know the buzz about that be­cause I don’t do so­cial me­dia or any­thing like that, so I don’t know if there is a buzz, and thank you very much for telling me that,” he said.

“That’s re­ally kind, that’s re­ally kind of ev­ery­body. I want to do a good job for the sup­port­ers here, I thought they were great.

“When I came into this club last sea­son I didn’t know what to ex­pect but af­ter be­ing here the three weeks, I felt as though I had been here ages.

“The peo­ple are so warm. Ev­ery­body. The peo­ple on the ter­races, the play­ers were great in the class­room and the chang­ing room.

“The peo­ple around the place, down at the train­ing ground. You’ve got the kit­man, you’ve got the phys­ios, you’ve got the fit­ness coaches, you’ve got the grounds­man. It’s a spe­cial club here but you’ve got to be in­side it to know how spe­cial it is.’’

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Steve Cot­ter­ill ap­plauds Blues fans at Bris­tol City last sea­son

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