Birmingham City have confirmed the appointment of Steve Cotterill as the club’s new manager signing a two-and-a-half-year deal.
The former Nottingham Forest boss arrives at St Andrews to replace Harry Redknapp who was dismissed by the Blues’ Chinese owners earlier this month after just 13 games in charge, having stepped in to keep them in the Championship at the end of last season.
Cotterill was Redknapp’s assistant for those three games and had hoped to get the job at the end of the campaign following the Blues’ survival but was overlooked in favour of 70-year-old Redknapp.
Ex-Derby County man Lee Carsley will be Cotterill’s number two, though the new manager won’t officially start his new job until Monday, leaving Carsley to take caretaker charge of Saturday’s trip to face Hull City.
“A lot of quality candidates applied for the manager position and we underwent a very, very careful and meticulous process of selection,” said Xuandong Ren, the Blues‘ chief executive.
“We have every faith in Steve Cotterill to help us achieve the ambitions we all share.
“We are also delighted that Lee Carsley will be Steve’s assistant manager and, with the rest of the management team, we are excited about the future prospects, we are sure they can do a great job.”
Former Forest caretaker boss Paul Williams, who Carsley brought in only a week or so ago as first team coach to assist him, has left St Andrews as part of Cotterill’s arrival, though Paul Groves and Kevin Hitchcock will remain at the club.
Groves, the former Grimsby Town boss had been linked with a move to Chesterfield to work with incoming Forest Under-23 boss Jack Lester.