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Cotterill Gets County Job (Updated)

Former Clarets gaffer,Steve Cotterill is the new Notts County boss.

He will take over the 7th placed League 2 side from current caretaker manager, Dave Kevan until the end of the season.

Kevan of course was part of Cotterill's backroom staff at Burnley and he will now become assistant manager and once more work with Cotterill

Cotterill has been out of management for two years since leaving Turf Moor by mutual consent back in November 2007.

County are now under new owners but there are financial concerns and there was a fear that the club could go into administration because of the size of their current and future debts. They are currently believed to be about 6 million in debt. However new owner and former Lincoln City chairman Ray Trew has been sorting out the club's dire finances and today the club have also announced that the threat of administration has been removed after the Magpies settled an unpaid tax bill of 324,000

The previous owners Munto Finance failed to come up with the cash it promised high profile Director of Football at the club, Sven Goran Eriksson. The club had high ambitions to achieve top flight football but did not put the money where their mouth was. Eriksson has since departed and the club are now trying to find 2.5m to survive until the end of the season.

County are currently ideally placed for a play-offs push and although already in a play-offs spot have a number of games in hand over their rivals in the top six spots.

Cotterill will take a short-term deal until the summer when the situation will be reviewed.

He is the fourth manager in charge of Notts County this season following Ian McParland, Hans Backe and caretaker, Dave Kevan and his first game in charge will be the match against Hereford at Meadow Lane on Saturday.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 23 2010

Time: 10:34AM

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Bit out of the blue this one but financial constraints apart if County can avoid administration, Cotterill could be the ideal manager to take County up in viiew of his experience in charge at Cheltenham and getting them promotedat this level.
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23/02/2010 10:45:00

The interesting one is Kevan. Will he once more be happy to take second fiddle and once again work with Cotterill or will it be a case of been there/done that time to go! ? Kevan though does have a strong affinity with County and might be happy to return to being second-in-command
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23/02/2010 10:52:00

If this is true ime happy long time in the willderness for a good manager, Best of luck to steve Cotterill
Albmaleaf claret
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23/02/2010 11:12:00

Good luck to Cotterill. He was hamstrung by continually loosing top players at Burnley, who knows how successful he could have been otherwise?
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23/02/2010 11:14:00

Well done to Steve, don't forget to sign off at the job centre!!! lol (only joking) . If results not a million miles away carry on as they are and I hope they do, their manager may be on JSA soon.
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23/02/2010 11:19:00

Best of Luck to you Steve - Your contribution at Burnley was as vital as that of Owen Coyle
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23/02/2010 12:03:00

And best of luck from me too Steve, on the pitch and in the courts and with the accountants. Going into a tight spot is hardly a new experience. At least Notts County have more players than when you arrived at Bfc! I reckon NC will find the cash to survive the winding up order, and are high enough up the table to cope with a points deduction if administration is necessary... but I hope it isn't as that means other people don't get paid and have to carry your pain for you. I wonder if any out-of-contract players at Bfc will be getting a call from the gaffer who gave them a leg up into the PL?
Couch Potato
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23/02/2010 12:17:00

Delighted for the man who contributed to getting us in the premiership, (IT WAS HIS TEAM )
Grimsby Claret
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23/02/2010 13:04:00

Totally agree with the comments above about Cotts influence and legacy whilst at Burnley. County move confirmed now it would appear by BBC Radio Nottingham with BBC Sport also saying that Kevan will revert to his former role as assistant manager. [Edited by turfmanphil]
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23/02/2010 13:20:00

Now confirmed on Sky Sports News. Cotterill in charge,Kevan Number 2 plus club have avoided administration after paying enough of tax-bill. Article above updated accordingly
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23/02/2010 14:31:00

Good Luck Steve - I thought his contribution to the club was downgraded by our lauding of Coyle. It was Cotterill who got in most of the promotion players and for bargain prices too. I think it was right to move from Burnley as he seemed to be getting despondant and defensive and that was affecting the players but he did well for us and I couldn't understand why he didn't get another job. The contributions of Ternant and Cotterill to the Clarets will be better thought of now the treacherous Coyle has shown his true colours. I wonder if Coyle is now wondering what he has done - poor team and absolutely no fans or atmosphere. I haven't heard many Bolton fans (there aren't that many!) singing his name and have heard a few question whether he's the right man for the job! It would be sublime if he got the sack - he could take Davis with him back to bloody St Johnstone!
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23/02/2010 14:55:00

Totally and utterly agree Ozjean and the disrespectful comments and snide remarks still made by some of our fans about Cotts is quite frankly disgraceful! Cotts did a pretty good holding job at the club with little money whilst having to sell key players in the windows season after season at critical times! The game he played might not have been pretty and entertaining but he knew how to grind out results and I suspect had he been in charge now we wouldn't be sitting here as we speak still waiting for our first away win of the season in bloody February! [Edited by turfmanphil]
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23/02/2010 15:05:00

Ozjean - what are you on (about)?!*! St Johnstone would never have him back. He couldn't get them into the Scots PL. His successor has done. Think Ayr United, maybe East Stirling or Raith Rovers. Probably 20 months in each if he behaves himself. Better make that 15.
Couch Potato
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23/02/2010 15:10:00

I'm glad he has finally got a new job. He has bee linked with almost every vacancy from the chmpionship down since he left us and never got one so I am happy for him. I wonder if Ade will have much of a role under hi former gaffer? Also Kevan apparentyl didn't want the manager's job permanently but was preepared to hold it until the end of the season.
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23/02/2010 17:09:00

Cotterill in his managerial absence has apparantly been taking up a number of coaching courses according to Sky Sports. Aye,Kevan was reluctant to take on the caretaker job until end of season so Cotts coming in was probably a relief. I wonder if Kevan was instrumental in recommending Cotterill or getting him to apply?
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23/02/2010 17:17:00

You are probably right Phil, we probably wouldnt be in February waiting for our first away win of the season. We also probably would not be in the premiership.
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23/02/2010 17:45:00

It all ended in a bit of an anti-climax with us for Cotterill but I am pleased that the feeling is that he left a lasting legacy. For me he was just the right manager after the charismatic Stan Ternent and it was their combined efforts that laid the foundation for Coyle's success. Glad to see him back in the game - good luck SC.
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23/02/2010 17:45:00

Dale you are right we probably wouldn't have been in the Prem unless Cotterill had been given the same amount of money that Coyle enjoyed to add to a squad that was basically his players. Cotts never had the luxury of such money and always had to sell our best players in the transfer window. RT is spot on
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23/02/2010 17:50:00

I 100% agree that he was the right manager at the right time - He did a very good job for Burnley FC. Whether he had what was need to take us to the next level, I am not so sure.
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23/02/2010 17:58:00

We will never know, I wanted to find that out and was hoping he would be given a chance to spend the money that Coyle had at his disposal. The truth is though the fans were baying for blood, far too much in my opinion and there was no leeway for any more bad runs. His position was on a knife edge and they had to let him go but I will always wonder.
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23/02/2010 18:06:00


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