Having had some time to digest the latest managerial collapse at Birmingham City, my view hasn’t altered.
Sacking Steve Cotterill was the right decision.
With Garry Monk appointed as the fifth Blues manager in 15 months, a fact that doesn’t sit well with me, lord knows the squad has suffered it’s fair share of upheaval.
Cotterill never seemed like the right fit for Blues. Undoubtedly an excellent lower league manager, he’s never cut the mustard at Championship level.
The job at St. Andrews is difficult enough without it being carried out by a manager uncomfortably out of his depth.
In 27 games under Cotterill, Blues won six. Average that out over the course of an entire Championship season, that’s approximately 10 wins. Relegation form indeed.
Perhaps the way he was treated was shabby, after all he is just an honest football man doing his best under trying circumstances. But, sadly, his best wasn’t good enough which is why the club had no other choice but to wield the axe.
Ignoring results and points, his relationship with the fans was sour. In fact, sour is an understatement. I’ve never known a manager at this club to be so widely unpopular on the terraces.
The current hierarchy have made countless ill-informed decisions since they took over the club – but this isn’t one of them.
Their statement last Saturday evening was tinged with sadness. Seemingly, they desperately wanted Cotterill to be a success – as we all did. Yet standing idly by while the club sleepwalks towards the trap door was simply not an option.
It was a case of stick or twist.
Cotterill’s reign will never be greeted with adulation but, given time, I’m sure the fans will appreciate his efforts. But for now, it’s farewell and best wishes to Steve Cotterill.