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Steve Cotterill
Personal information
Full name Stephen John Cotterill
Date of birth 20 July 1964 (1964-07-20) (age 45)
Place of birth Cheltenham, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1989 Burton Albion 42 (30)
1989–1993 Wimbledon 44 (19)
1992 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 11 (5)
1993–1996 Bournemouth 45 (15)
Total 142 (69)
Teams managed
1995–1996 Sligo Rovers
1997–2002 Cheltenham Town
2002 Stoke City
2004–2007 Burnley
2010– Notts County
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Stephen John Cotterill, born 20 July 1964 is an English former footballer and is the manager of Notts County football club.[1]


Playing career

Cotterill started his playing career in the non-leagues as a forward who could play centrally or in wide positions, playing non-professionally at clubs like Cheltenham Town, Alvechurch and Burton Albion. He then signed his first professional deal at Wimbledon after a £120,000 deal was done with Burton. It was a giant step up for Cotterill, going from the non-Leagues to the Premier League. He made 44 appearances in four years at Wimbledon and went out on loan to Brighton & Hove Albion to recapture his fitness following a horrific cruciate knee-ligament injury. This led to further games at the Dons and he turned down a £500,000 bid from Southampton before finally moving on again to Bournemouth.

Cotterill signed for Bournemouth in the summer of 1993 for the fee of £120,000. He was out of contract and this fee was set by the then Transfer Tribunal. In three years at Bournemouth he got his career back in good shape scoring 15 goals in 45 league starts for the club. While at the club he picked up three player of the season awards but had to finish his career in 1995 after another bad knee injury from which he was unable to fully recover.



Sligo Rovers

Following on from Lawrie Sanchez, Sligo Rovers appointed Cotterill in 1995. He led the club to third place in the Premier Division of the League of Ireland and his side also reached the League of Ireland Cup final, where they lost on penalties to Shelbourne. Cotterill also led them into Europe, playing against teams such as Nantes where they earned a 3–3 draw and another creditable 0–0 draw against Dutch outfit, Heerenveen.

Cheltenham Town

Cotterill joined Cheltenham when they were still a non-league club and he built up a successful side which won promotion from the Southern Football League Premier Division to the Football Conference in his first full year at the club. He won the FA Trophy in 1998, beating Southport 1–0 in the final, and Cheltenham finished second in the Conference the same year, their first season in that league. Cheltenham won the Conference and with it promotion to the Football League the following year. His first two seasons in the Third Division saw them finish in the top half. In 2001–02, the club reached the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time in its history, ended only by a 1–0 away defeat to West Bromwich Albion and including the defeat of Cotterill's future club Burnley. He twice won the prestigious award of Manager of the Year during his tenure. Cotterill took Cheltenham into the Second Division that season, following a play-off victory over Rushden & Diamonds at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. He was awarded his UEFA Pro Licence in 2002.

Stoke City and Sunderland

Cotterill left Cheltenham to join Stoke City in the summer of 2002. He only managed 13 games for the club before being asked to join Sunderland as their assistant manager. As Howard Wilkinson's assistant, they were tasked with keeping Sunderland in the Premiership. However, Sunderland recorded just two league victories under the new management team and both Wilkinson and Cotterill were sacked after just 20 games in charge.


In the summer of 2004 a decision by Burnley not to renew the contract of their manager, Stan Ternent, led to Cotterill being named as the new manager of the club. In his first season at the club they reached the third round of the Football League Cup, beating Aston Villa 3–1 on the way. They also reached the fifth round of the FA Cup, beating Premier League side Liverpool 1–0. After losing striker and captain Robbie Blake and young midfielder Richard Chaplow they finished 13th in the Championship. In 2005–06 he led Burnley to a 17th-place finish, again having to sell his star striker, the club's leading goal scorer Ade Akinbiyi to Sheffield United for £1.75 million.

The 2006–07 season began well, with a series of wins. Cotterill also won the Championship Manager of the Month for October. However Burnley were dealt a blow in November when leading goalscorer Andy Gray was sidelined until February. Akinbiyi was re-signed in the January transfer window, but the striker was unfit and failed to make an impact.

Cotterill eventually left the club on 8 November 2007 by mutual consent, after earning the title of longest serving manager in the league with three years seven months service. He left the club in a strong position in the league, having won five, drawn six and lost four matches, placing them five points off the play-off positions with a game in hand.

Minnesota Thunder

In August 2008, Steve Cotterill was offered the chance to become the Head Coach and Technical Director of USL First Division Minnesota Thunder after Amos Magee stepped down. Cotterill was offered a temporary seven-week contract with a view to a longer deal when the season ended. But because it would take two weeks to obtain a work permit, leaving only five weeks with Minnesota, Cotterill decided to turn this opportunity down.[2]

Notts County

On 23 February 2010 it was announced that Cotterill would be manager of Notts County until the end of the season.[3][4]

Manager honours

with Cheltenham Town

  • FA Trophy Winners 1998
  • Football Conference Champions 1999; runner up 1998
  • Third Division play-off winner: 2002

Managerial statistics

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Sligo Rovers  Ireland May 1996 November 1997 55 26 14 15 47.27
Cheltenham Town  England 1 February 1997 27 May 2002 255 118 67 70 46.27
Stoke City  England 27 May 2002 10 October 2002 13 3 5 5 23.07
Burnley  England 3 June 2004 8 November 2007 161 55 56 50 34.16
Notts County  England 27 February 2010 5 4 0 1 80


External links

Preceded by
Lawrie Sanchez
Sligo Rovers F.C. Manager
Succeeded by
Jimmy Mullen


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