Steve Cotterill appointed Shrewsbury Town manager
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Steve Cotterill has been appointed as the manager of Shrewsbury Town, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract.

The 56-year-old takes up his first job since leaving Birmingham City in March 2018 when he was sacked from his position at St Andrews.

Cotterill replaces Sam Ricketts after the former Wrexham manager was sacked on Wednesday evening.

Salop currently sit 23rd in Sky Bet League One, with only one win to their name in the league after 13 games, losing six and drawing six, the latest of the draws coming on Tuesday evening away to Milton Keynes Dons.

Salop CEO delighted to welcome Cotterill to the club

Shrewsbury’s CEO Brian Caldwell spoke to the club’s official website stating he’s delighted to welcome Steve to the club and is looking forward to working with the new Salop 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,” he said.

“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.” He added.

Caldwell also confirmed how the club felt it was important to appoint a new manager quickly as they could.

“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,” Caldwell admitted.

“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.”

Cotterill's managerial career so far

Cotterill’s first steps into management came with Cheltenham Town back in 1997 and during his time with the Robins he won 118 of his 255 games in charge.

His next job saw him manage Stoke City, however, he only was in the job for a few months at the bet365 Stadium and he only spent 13 games in charge as he resigned to team-up with Howard Wilkinson at Sunderland as his assistant. They were both dismissed after just 27 games in charge with the Black Cats seven points from safety at the bottom of the Premier League.

An uninspiring spell at Burnley followed before becoming Notts County, Portsmouth and Nottingham Forest manager by October 2011. He left Forest on 12th July 2012 after just 12 wins from 37 games in charge.

An impressive spell at Bristol City followed almost a year later and during his first full season in charge at Ashton Gate he helped the club win the League One title.

Cotterill was sacked by Bristol City in January 2016 with the club two points from safety in the Championship.

Cotterill initially joined Birmingham as first-team coach under Harry Redknapp, however, after Redknapp was sacked in September 2017, he agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Blues but after just five months in charge and following a fifth successive defeat in the league, Cotterill was sacked in March 2018.