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From Alex McLeish to Steve Cotterill

From Alex McLeish to Steve Cotterill

Steve Cotterill became the first Birmingham City manager in a decade to win his first game in charge after a 1-0 victory against Cardiff City on Friday evening.

Che Adams' first half goal clinched all three points against the Championship leaders to give Cotterill the perfect start.

Not since Alex McLeish took the reigns in November 2007 has a Blues boss taken all three points at the first attempt. That day, a Seb Larsson screamer gave Blues the win against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

Following McLeish's exit from B9, five permanent managers have failed to win their first game - Chris Hughton (1-0 defeat at Derby) Lee Clark (1-1 draw v Charlton) Gary Rowett (0-0 draw at Wolves) Gianfranco Zola (2-1 defeat v Brighton) and Harry Redknapp (1-0 defeat at Aston Villa).

Cotterill takes his side to Millwall on Saturday before Villa arrive at St. Andrews for the second city derby on October 29th.

Blues have been winless in the league against Villa since a 2-0 win in 2005.

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Writer:Rob Wildey
Date:Saturday October 14 2017
Time: 7:13PM


Extremely slow Terry versus extremely fast Vassell. This should be good.
Ijaz H
15/10/2017 00:16:00
Super confident a good Millwall result will set us up for turning the Villa over. Super confident we can finish above them. Super confident a top 6 place is achievable.
Steve O
15/10/2017 05:55:00
Millwall game will obviously be a vital one for us with the later kick off. Good possibility that we start the game in the bottom three again.Having said that,we should be able to aim for three points. Cotterill I do like and I am confident he will get us safe with sensible selection of his available players. He is no cheque book manager nor star player chaser so imo he will be no more successful than Rowett-but that's ok by me.Prefer enjoying decent championship security than fighting for the odd point in the Premiership.
15/10/2017 06:12:00
Jota needs to stat the Millwall game so he is rady for the vile.
17/10/2017 09:31:00
Ohio,you amaze me.Surely your dream is a return to the top flight,a club representing the Second City,that club being us should be in the elite.Championship football is great,probably the most competitive league in Europe,I enjoy and love it however my dream is a return to the Premiership and establish ourselves there. No dig at you implied,we all have opinions and almost always I agree with your posts.Onwards and upwards hopefully. KRO
Le Hane
18/10/2017 16:22:00
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