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Club 'considering a replacement' for Steve Cotterill

Club 'considering a replacement' for Steve Cotterill

Birmingham City are 'considering a replacement' for Steve Cotterill, according to Football League journalist Alan Nixon.

Vital Birmingham understands that Cotterill is under increasing pressure after three straight Championship defeats - including the 5-0 hammering at Brentford on Tuesday - without scoring a goal.

It's a drastic change in fortunes for Cottrill who recently led the team to four wins in six outings which moved them away from the relegation zone.

But after returning to their old ways, Blues now sit just a single point ahead of the bottom three and face a huge six pointer against fellow strugglers Barnsley at St. Andrews on Saturday.

Cotterill's appointment back in October was the choice of club director Xuandong Ren, as was releiving Harry Redknapp of his duties. However, Ren's relationship with the club hierachy has become strained after a well documented fall out with chief scout Darren Dein - who isn't an employee of the club but is paid a £25,000 a month retainer by the club's owner to assist with transfer business.

It has long been assumed that if Ren departs the club, Cotterill will soon follow. But Ren may be under pressure to pull the trigger as soon as this weekend, should Blues lose to Barnsley.


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Rob Wildey
Date:Thursday February 22 2018
Time: 3:32PM


They need to make sure they have a decent replacement lined up if they decide to get rid of him.
22/02/2018 16:38:00
‘Considering replacing Cotterill ‘ is a strange one.For me It will only happen if we are humiliated by Barnsley. By that I mean a similar score line to what happened at Brentford.However, I expect a draw which will delight our hierarchy and ensure our nightmare season under Cotterill continues.
22/02/2018 18:20:00
As a side step,may I ask those who are able and have some resources to read Paragraph 3. Of today’s article by Almajir.’Time to talk’. It is hard to get answers or even a faint dialogue going with our owners,and it has been a crusade of mine for a few months now as to our finances for next season.Many avenues have been exhausted and many a rebuff has been received with a few not so pleasant exchanges"However as Daniel states the more of us that ask the questions,the more chance of a possible response. I fully understand those who feel uncomfortable with this and respect their decision not to get on board. To conclude the main aim is to ascertain whether the finances of the owners,whoever they may be,will stretch to a future BCFC and more important,whether we will have a club to support next season.
22/02/2018 18:57:00
I don't think it matters one iota how much the owners have or are willing to spend...As Daniel has pointed out, we are running scared of FFP
Darren Nelson
22/02/2018 23:25:00
Darren,yes FFP does play a big part.What I am concerned about is the long term aspect of the club. FFP can be remedied but a bankruptcy is another matter. All I am after is some clarity from an ever deepening quagmire.Daniel lists a number of questions regarding who selects transfers and does the manager have much clout etc.Getting answers is near hopeless.When E&Y came on the scene with Panos Pavlakis As our CEO,we got an insight into the running of the club and more importantly the salvage process that we all yearned for.We saw light and hope. Now we have a mixture of almost total meltdown and a toxic atmosphere that makes for a very angry fan base. Xuandong Ren could do much to placate the situation,but like every employee at the club,the fear factor rules.Heaven forbid we should lose tomorrow as fans are teetering on the edge and action could really boil over leaving some sort of statement required by whoever raises its head.
23/02/2018 07:21:00
We don't need Mr Dein if we are not going to be active in the transfer market so I don't understand why he has been kept on. He was behind the nightmare signings by Redknapp so although I dont know the ins and outs of his contract It looks to a mushroom such as me that he is on a good number, and I would rather pay a decent player with some potential 25k a month..
23/02/2018 22:10:00
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