The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

THE demise of Steve Cot­ter­ill at Bris­tol City demon­strates how quickly a man­ager’s stock can change. This time last year, he couldn’t put a foot wrong in League One. Now, amid a dif­fi­cult sea­son in the Cham­pi­onship, he’s out of a job.

What went wrong? One is­sue was a per­sis­tence with 3-5-2.I saw them draw 2-2 at Ip­swich, a game they should have seen out. But the sys­tem left them too open and they shipped a lot of late goals.

For me, though, the big­gest prob- lem was re­cruit­ment. Cot­ter­ill set his sights very high in the sum­mer.

They were bid­ding £9m for Premier League names like Dwight Gayle. Those peo­ple don’t want to join a side just up from League One. They’re too good. And, by the time they’ve re­jected you, all the next best op­tions have gone too.

Nev­er­the­less, when some­one has brought that much suc­cess to a club, they de­serve to be sup­ported through tough times. Cot­ter­ill has ev­ery right to feel hard done by.

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