Steve Cotterill: I'm delighted to be back

Blues new Manager Steve Cotterill.

Hopefully all together we can kick on and make the Club a success again

Steve Cotterill

New Blues Manager Steve Cotterill says he couldn't be happier at his St. Andrew's return.

Cotterill was this morning named Manager, with Lee Carsley as his Assistant Manager.

He left Blues in the summer after helping the team avoid relegation from the Championship, over a three-game period as Assistant Manager to Harry Redknapp.

"I am delighted to be back," Cotterill told "This is a fantastic football club with fantastic supporters, and great staff and employees, it really is.

"I can't wait to get to work with the players and try to give everybody a successful team and a team they can be proud of.

"When I left in the summer, I did so for the right reasons. I think everybody understood I wanted to be a manager, and I parted with the Club amicably.

"Now, having gone through the process of interviews and to get the job, it was worth it - I couldn't be happier. It is a real privilege to be in charge at such a big club as this."

Cotterill will also have Paul Groves to work with as First Team Coach and Kevin Hitchcock, as Goalkeeper Coach. Both men were with him when Redknapp took over in April for those final three matches as Interim Manager.

He will be in the stands, maintaining a watching brief, when Blues visit Hull City tomorrow as Carsley, Groves, Paul Williams and Paul Robinson have prepared the team during the week.

"The chances are I won't see the players until after the game," Cotterill revealed. "I did have a thought to speak to them in the dressing room beforehand, but I think I will leave Lee and the rest the lads to it.

"Having spoken to Lee and Paul Groves, I have been given an insight into what they have been working on and they have given me their views on the players.

"I am really looking for to it, I can't wait, and hopefully all together we can kick on and make the Club a success again."

Cotterill will take charge of affairs in earnest at Wast Hills on Monday.