Steve Cotterill: Thank you and best wishes
With two decades of managerial experience under his belt, tying Steve Cotterill down to a permanent Assistant Manager`s role was always going to be a huge ask. The 52-year-old has turned down the chance to work as Harry Redknapp`s number two - and for that, he cannot be blamed.
It`s a testimony to the club that Cotterill was so tempted by the role in the first place. But, if he sees himself as a manager, taking up the role offered to him at St. Andrews would have been a backwards step.
From a supporter`s point of view, it is a crying shame. Cotterill, alongside Redknapp and Paul Groves, conducted themselves extremely well in the final few weeks of last season - the job they carried out was outstanding. Saving Blues from the drop into League One - considering the lack of confidence and disastrous run of form under Gianfranco Zola - was no mean feat.
In his short time at the club, Cotterill struck up a good relationship with the squad. It was evident during the three games that the players respected and trusted Cotterill.
While his stock is still high, Cotterill will be sought after and will do a decent job when the right opportunity comes along.
Thank you Steve and good luck in the future.