CITY SHOULD HAVE TREATED COTTERILL BETTER
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.