Born: Cheltenham 1964 (Age 49) Playing career: A pacy striker, Cotterill started his career in NonLeague with Cheltenham Town, Alvechurch and then Burton Albion, joining top-flight Wimbledon for a club r ecord £4,000 in 1988. Despite a decent strike rate of six goals in 17 games, Cotterill rarely played and, after a loan spell at Brighton, he switched to Bournemouth for £120,000 in 1993. Renowned for his bravery and work-rate, he was a massive fanfavourite at Dean Court, winning the player of the year awar d three times running and scoring 15 gals in 45 starts. However , knee injuries ended his stay at Dean Court and Cotterill r etired
in 1995. Managerial career: After a spell as manager of Irish side Sligo Rovers, Cotterill took charge of Cheltenham in 1997, leading them to the FA Trophy and promotions from the Southern Premier, Conference and Third Division. In 2002, he joined Stoke City but contr oversially left after just 13 games to become assistant to Howar d Wilkinson at Sunderland. However, the pair won just two of 27 games and were sacked. In 2004, Cotterill joined Bur nley, helping to rebuild the club and recording finishes of 13th, 17th and 15th before being sacked in November 2007. In 2010, he spent four months as manager of Notts County, leading the Magpies to the League Two title. He then moved to crisis-hit Portsmouth, keeping the club in the Championship before joining Nottingham Forest in October 2011. After a 19th-place finish, he was dismissed by new owners the Al-Hasawi family and spent time coaching at QPR under Harry Redknapp befor e joining Bristol City in December 2013.