Shrewsbury Town have confirm a surprise appointment of their new manager on Friday afternoon and it’s got plenty of talk already.
The 56-year-old has agreed a three-and-a-half-year deal with the League One side, who sacked manager Sam Ricketts on Wednesday.
The Shrews are on an eight-game winless run in the league and are one point above bottom side Wigan Athletic in the League One table.
✍️ | Shrewsbury Town Football Club is delighted to confirm the arrival of Steve Cotterill. #Salop
— Shrewsbury Town FC (@shrewsweb) November 27, 2020
Salop appoint Steve Cotterill as Town Manager on a three-and-a-half-year deal.
Shrewsbury Town Football Club is delighted to confirm the arrival of Steve Cotterill.
Steve joins the Club with an impressive record having won Sky Bet League One and League Two winners medals during managerial stints with Bristol City and Notts County.
The 56-year-old enjoyed a lengthy playing career as a striker – most notably with Wimbledon in the First Division and Bournemouth in the Second Division.
Town CEO Brian Caldwell is delighted to welcome Steve to the Club and is looking forward to working with Town’s new Manager.
“We are delighted to announce Steve Cotterill as the new Manager of Shrewsbury Town Football Club who has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the Club,” said Brian.
“Steve brings a wealth of managerial experience with around 700 games to date. He has had a lot of success during his managerial career including five promotions, an EFL Trophy win, and three Manager of the Year Awards.
“It has been a whirlwind 48 hours but with matches coming thick and fast, we felt it was vitally important to appoint as quickly as possible. We are very grateful to Steve and his representative for their assistance in making this all happen in such a timeous fashion.
“We are sure you will give Steve a ‘Shrewsbury welcome’ and support him and the squad in our battle to improve our league position in the coming weeks.”
Steve Cotterill managed Birmingham City but was sacked in March 2018.
The other clubs he has managed are Sligo Rovers, Cheltenham Town, Stoke City, Burnley, Notts County, Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City.
- FA Trophy winners: 1997-98
- Football Conference runners-up: 1997-98
- Football Conference champions: 1998-99
- Football League Third Division play-off winners: 2001-02
- Football League Two champions: 2009-10
- Football League Trophy winners: 2014-15
- Football League One champions: 2014-15
Fans reacted as Shrewsbury confirm a surprise appointment of their new manager…
He’s a class act, one of the best managers we’ve had down ashton gate in my 20 years of supporting city
— luke williams (@lukewilliams_06) November 27, 2020
It’s amazing isn’t it! Most demanded L1 experience and he’s won the league 😂
— Matt Tudor (@Matty_Tudor) November 27, 2020
I mean, the stats say otherwise.
— Charlie Gilbert (@charliedot) November 27, 2020
Amazed at all the negativity on here. I can’t believe that this guy has taken so long to get another job! Give him a chance Shrews fans!
— Red as FCUK (@red_as_fcuk) November 27, 2020
To be fair who has done well at birmingham?? Theyve been a mess for years and still are
— helicopter squad (@helicoptersqua1) November 27, 2020
It’s the perfect club your lucky to have him
Your going to see some of the best football ever hes fantastic at this level
Just struggles at championship level hopefully he will have learned
— Vaughan Hinsley (@HinsleyVaughan) November 27, 2020
One of the best managers in our history, and a nice bloke to boot. Chuffed for the bloke.
— Ben Williams-Butt (@benwilliamsbutt) November 27, 2020
You’re about to watch the best football you’ll ever play. Would have him back at Bristol city in a heart beat. Class act.
— Bruton (@joshbruton21) November 27, 2020
Great manager for league one brought some unforgettable memories when we were in league one good luck Steve pic.twitter.com/3qZjdxVvP1
— Liam Healey (@LiHealey) November 27, 2020
Great experience at this level and his batteries will be fully charged after 2 years out of the game.
— Dan Harvey (@dharvey4) November 27, 2020
Ignore all of the Birmingham City fans slagging him off, Cotts at L1 level is a class act. May not be the greatest Championship manager, but seeing as how Shrewsbury are in L1 and haven’t been in the Champ since the 80s, not sure there are many better managers at L1 level
— Rob Bailey (@RobBaileyBCFC) November 27, 2020
What do the fans want!! What do you expect?? You couldn’t have more football league experience give him a chance.
— Tom (@TWootton01) November 27, 2020
He’ll do very well for you. One of the best managers at L1 level.
— Will C (@cidersuspect) November 27, 2020
Get behind him and the club and stop living in the past
— Tom Gardner (@Gardner_16) November 27, 2020
Unbelievable appointment! See you in the Championship soon!
— Mikey Cobban (@MikeyCobban) November 27, 2020
Town fans demanding experience and not to go for a cheap, unproven option like past few appointments…. bring in Steve Cotterill, Town fans…. pic.twitter.com/DLgAI4ICLx
— Paul Kitson (@PaulKitson16) November 27, 2020
One of our greatest managers in league 1. Won the league and JPT in 2015, good appointment for you.
— jord🐢 (@jordbcfc_) November 27, 2020
Can people now forget Paul Hurst and get on board this appointment…Good Luck Steve!!
— 🏴 Sam Roberts 🏴 (@salop_sam) November 27, 2020
And as well as bringing trophies to our club, the football was honestly sublime. We tore up league one that season! I will always relish his time with us. Top bloke!
— Rob (@RobIngham2) November 27, 2020
— alban heiron (@albanheiron) November 27, 2020