COT­TER­ILL FACT­FILE

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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.

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