STEVE SETS SIGHTS ON THE PREMIER
New Blues boss has long-term plan
NEW Birmingham City boss Steve Cotterill says the club deserve to be in the Premier League – despite currently languishing in the Championship’s bottom three. Cotterill was part of Harry Redknapp’s coaching team last season when the former Tottenham manager came in with three games to go and saved the Blues from relegation.
Cotterill opted not stay on in the summer as Redknapp’s assistant but is looking forward to getting the club back to winning ways, having been appointed last weekend.
The former Bristol City and Burnley boss was in the stands for last weekend’s 6-1 defeat by Hull but believes the club need to be in the top flight.
He said: “For this club, the Premier League is everything. It is a Premier League club. The people who work here are Premier League. We have Premier League supporters and a Premier League fanbase.
“And we have to make sure we do our best to get back up there.
“But that is a long-term plan. The short-term plan is to get away from the relegation zone. My priority is to get on the training ground with the players. That is where I want to be.
“I want to get to know the lads. I only had about a month with them last season. It takes a long time to get the ingredients for a person and work out what makes them tick.
“They will have a manager who will be strong, but a manager who will be strongly behind them.”
And the 53-year-old doesn’t believe his personal contribution to last year’s relegation escape has been underestimated.
“No, I don’t think so,” added Cotterill. “I’m not into the social media side of it so I don’t know what the talk is. If people think that I had a big role to play, I’m very humbled by it.”
Cotterill’s first game in charge is at home against league leaders Cardiff on Friday.
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