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Burnley X-Files: Cotts Turns Down Coventry!

Notts County manager Steve Cotterill has turned down the chance to take over as boss of Championship side Coventry City next season.

Cotterill was mulling over the offer from the Sky Blues this week having also received an improved offer from newly-promoted Notts County now in League 1.

He has just two weeks to run of his current contract at Meadow Lane and it looks like County chairman, Ray Trew has managed to convince Cotterill to stay following lengthy talks between the two of them.

It would appear he would prefer to stay at County but so far he has not revealed his reasons for rejecting Coventry's offer.

The former Burnley and Cheltenham boss made a spectacular return to football management at Notts County; his first managerial post since leaving the Clarets by mutual consent in November 2007.

Arriving in February 2010, he steered County to the top of the League 2 table with the club eventually being promoted to League 1 as Champions.

Cotterill was an instant success becoming the first County manager to win his first four games in charge. He also won the March 2010 Football League Two Manager of the Month award after achieving 6 wins and two draws from eight games that month.

In total he only lost one match in 18 league games, winning 14 and conceding just six goals over that period.

Following the sacking of manager, Chris Coleman at Coventry earlier this month, Steve Cotterill was the bookies immediate favourite to take over and it is perhaps surprising that he has not taken up the chance to return to the Championship after an absence of almost 30 months.

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Date:Thursday May 20 2010

Time: 9:57AM

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County must have given him an offer he couldn't refuse!! ;-)
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20/05/2010 10:01:00

Well done Cotts, If he is stopping at County Its showing his loyalty to the Club that gave him another chance.
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20/05/2010 10:19:00

Surely not the horses head in the bed offer ;-)
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20/05/2010 10:20:00

Coventry City will name Colchester boss Aidy Boothroyd as their manager on Thursday, BBC Sport understands. The clubs have agreed a compensation fee for the ex-Watford boss, 39, who took over at Colchester in September. Notts County manager Steve Cotterill was believed to have turned down the Sky Blues job earlier on Wednesday. City have called a news conference at 1430 BST to announce the successor to Chris Coleman, who was sacked after they finished 19th in the Championship.
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20/05/2010 10:40:00

I suspect that Cotts has looked at how often Coventry change their manager, and what kind of a relationship he has built up with the folks at County. He's probably also compared the experience of working with Kilby, who values long-term relationships, over his time with Stoke and Sunderland, when he jumped ship and paid the price. A wise decision from no fool. I wish him and therefore County the very best of luck.
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20/05/2010 10:56:00

Agree CP, he probably didn't fancy Coventry's history with regard to managers. It'll be a good test for him now, to see how far he can take County . Good luck to him anyway, I think he'll continue to do well.
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20/05/2010 12:41:00

I also wish Steve the best of luck - I stand by my opinion that he did a superb job for Burnley Football Club.
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20/05/2010 12:41:00

Well done Cotts, Pity we won't meet in the Championship next season, but OK, the Prem the year after. All the very best and thanks for what you did for the Clarets.
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20/05/2010 17:38:00

I think Cotterill and Laws are similar characters - I suspect both of them spend a long time in front of the mirror in the morning. I wouldn't be at all surprised if Cotterill is hanging on to see the outcome of what happens at Burnley. At the end of the day, he left on decent terms and if he continues to prosper at Nott County, and Laws struggles, then it might not be beyond comprehension that he could rejoin Burnley.
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20/05/2010 21:39:00

Funny you should say that cuban, I was thinking the same thing. I've always thought that Cotterill could have done a lot better for us if he hadn't constantly had to sell our best players. Having said that, I seriously hope Laws does the business next season though.
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20/05/2010 23:35:00

Nice to see that not all managers ditch the teams who gave them a chance for a "bigger club" and more dosh! I actually think that Cotterill started to doubt himself in the end and from Floods book it seems that he got a bit of a persecution complex and needed constant reassurance. I think he did a great job for us and if he'd had Coyles ego then he would have been brilliant. Don't think he will ever come back to Burnley - you can't go backwards and you can never get the same relationships going because of past history. The best of luck to him anyway. Looking at it Barry Kilby has done a pretty good job in choosing managers so far so maybe he knows something we don't with Laws.
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21/05/2010 00:39:00

Cotterell shows loyalty shocker?!? Interesting from Flood's book how Cotterill was "ambitious" and felt Burnley would be the stepping stone to something bigger. Also interesting in an interview following promotion one of his first comments was "obvioulsy promotion looks good on my CV". Perhaps he comes from the same school of narcissism as Coyle? We can thank Steve for bringing some good players to the club, doing good deals (Thomas out- Carlisle in deal) but like Laws, not convinced he can hack it at the top. Good luck to him though.
Eyresy's Left Peg
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21/05/2010 12:59:00


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