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Cotterill takes manager's role at Bristol City

Former Cheltenham Town boss Steve Cotterill takes over at Bristol City Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Bristol City have appointed Steve Cotterill as their new manager. The49 year-old was a free agent and has been the front-runner for thepost since Sean O'Driscoll was sacked last Thursday. .

Cotterill was already known to board members at Ashton Gate after interviewing forthe job on a previous occasion. He guided his hometown club, Cheltenham, to a double promotion a over a decade ago, leading them out of the Conference and into League One within three years.

More recently, Cotterill was manager at Portsmouth and Nottingham Forest

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City Vice Chair on O'Driscoll exit

Bristol City football club has sacked its head coach Sean O'Driscoll.

Since his appointment in January, the club has been relegated to league one and is now in the relegation zone.

First team coach John Pemberton will take charge of the team for this weekend's fixture trip to Preston North End.

The Vice-Chairman, Jon Lansdown, says their current position in the relegation zone is 'not acceptable.'

Sean O'Driscoll sacked by Bristol City

Sean O'Driscoll has been sacked by Bristol City. Credit: PA

Bristol City Football Club has parted company with Head Coach Sean O'Driscoll.

The news was broken to supporters in an email from vice chairman Jon Lansdown:

“We have given the situation as much time as we could to improve but have become increasingly concerned about the club's league position and have decided that a change of head coach will give the club the best possible chance of improving this.

“The league table does not lie. We are currently in the relegation zone and have been there for most of the season.

"This is not acceptable and the board feels that it needs to take action to try and rectify this; we need to move to ensure that results on the pitch keep up with progress off the pitch.

“It is vital that we now look to appoint a head coach who buys into our strategy and can help us to continue to grow and develop it successfully. This, of course, includes results on the pitch.”

Bristol City are currently in the League One relegation zone after just two wins in 18 matches.

First team coach John Pemberton will take charge of the team for this weekend’s trip to Preston North End.

Council planners recommend Ashton Gate development

Ashton Gate Stadium. Credit: PA

Planners at Bristol City Council have recommended that plans to re-develop Bristol City's Ashton Gate stadium be approved. The final decision will be made by the council's planning committee next Wednesday (27 November).

If Bristol City get the go-ahead to re-build Ashton Gate then they are likely to abandon plans to construct a new stadium nearby at Ashton Vale. The Ashton Vale development has been hit by delays and the club are currently awaiting the outcome of a town and village green application for the site.

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