ROBINS DESIRE SWIFTER RISE TO THE TOP
STEVE Cotterill may have led Bristol City to the double last season, but club chairman Keith Dawe revealed he has been sacked because progress was not swift enough.
The Robins wrapped up promotion to the Championship with three games to go in 2014-15 – having already celebrated success at Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
But 51-year-old Cotterill has not been given any more time to turn around a campaign that had seen the West Country outfit pick up just four wins from their 26 league games.
And for a club that has its heart set on a future in the Premier League, Dawe admits a relegation battle in the Championship was never the plan.
“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,” he said.
“Sadly, since the highs of last March and May things have not gone our way on the pitch.
“I thank Steve Cotterill for all his efforts over the last two seasons, but we haven’t managed to push on from last season and the time has come for us to all move forward.
“The club’s aspiration is to ultimately become a Premier League club and this decision has been made to achieve our overall strategy for growth and player development.”
Meanwhile loan signing Richard O’Donnell – who proved to be Cotterill’s last signing at Ashton Gate – is determined to dig his new side out of a hole after joining from League One side Wigan Athletic.
“It’s a step up into the Championship for me and an opportunity to play first team football,” said the 27-year-old goalkeeper, who is cover for injured No.1 Frank Fielding.
“I know of David Coles, who has a really good reputation as a goalkeeper coach. That was a big reason for me coming.”
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AXED: Steve Cotterill