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Kilby & Flood on Cotterill

Cotterill agreed yesterday to leave the club by mutual consent following a bad spell of results with only one win in 10 matches and two consecutive home defeats against Southampton and on Tuesday night against Hull City.

"Let me first say that Steve Cotterill has all the capabilities to be a Premiership manager, the Chairman said opening the Press Conference today.

"However, what has happened in the last 10 games and the slide down the table, maybe the directors thought it was time for a change

"Steve was the longest serving manager in the division and sometimes you do need to take stock and start again

"Steve Davis will take charge of the team and we will be using the two weeks holiday to look at the opportunities open now to Burnley Football Club to bring in a new team."

"The Hull defeat was a defining moment I think. We still have ambitions to get into the top six of this division and I was very conscious that we were sliding down the table

"We have had draws that should have been wins, but after a chat with Steve maybe this new start is what the club needs."
The Press Conference is now up in full on the Official Site

Brendan Flood also last night revealed in the local press why he thought it was time for Steve Cotterill to depart.

'After a long chat with Steve (on Wednesday) about our recent lack of wins, we both decided it would be good to have a change,' said Flood.

'It's been a very amicable parting between the club and Steve.

'He has been a great ambassador for Burnley.

'Steve will be offered new opportunities and I'm sure the club can attract a quality manager soon.

'We are very positive about the future and want the very best for the club and its fans'

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 9 2007

Time: 7:03PM

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Even though I am a Hull City fan, I never like to see a good manager sacked. Good Luck in finding a suitable replacement.
Basel Tiger
Yes, and he was a good manager and I hope he proves that by being successful at his next club and silencing some of his gloating critics today. This was clearly a difficult decision by the Board and how often do you see a departing manager sharing a platform at a Press Conference listening about his own demise? That confirms to me the uniqueness of this situation. There was something special about the gaffer, he had the respect of many at the Club and I genuinely believe he did leave by 'mutual consent'. He also had respect from a lot of the fans, many of which are still shell-shocked and surprised. I always said I would give him until Xmas to see what he could do under the better financial situation, but recent results have made it impossible to argue against a change and I always said I would support the Board in whatever decision they made. It is still a crying shame though and I just hope that we donít live to regret this decision. How many managerial changes, in all honesty in the Championship the last few seasons have really proved successful? Itís a difficult division to get out of and until recently this club has been the poor man, with one of the smallest squads, selling its key players at crucial times. SC should take some credit for even keeping us in this division let alone for three seasons running keeping us in the Top 6 before post-Xmas slumps. I watched his leaving speech on the Official Site and that says it all about the character of the man. He has done a lot for this club and will be missed by many. The gloating critics I hope in time will feel some remorse and will eventually regret some of the hurtful things they have said against the guy; a guy who has been Burnley through and through for three and a half years. (They wont though)
turfmanphil
The problem was you just couldn't get a decent run together, always in and out of form.
will it ever happen
 

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