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Steve Cotterill - It was worth waiting for the chance to manage Blues

Steve Cotterill at St. Andrew's today.

I've waited a long time for an opportunity like this and I'm going to grab it with both hands.

Steve Cotterill

Steve Cotterill says he is 'very proud man' at being given the opportunity to manage Birmingham City and he aims to be in it for the long-term.

Prior to his appointment as First Team Manager, the 53-year-old spent a month at St. Andrew's at the end of last season as assistant to Harry Redknapp and was instrumental in saving the Club from relegation.

During the period between leaving Blues and returning on Friday, Cotterill revealed that he had turned down several opportunities elsewhere.

"When I left here, it was pretty sad, I didn't want to leave. I had a great time at the Club,” said the former Bristol City and Nottingham Forest boss speaking at his formal unveiling today.

“I fell in love with the Club. You know when you go to a place and you feel as though you fit, they like you and you like them.

“I did them (as a pundit) on Sky earlier in the season against Burton Albion and I know it wasn’t a win that night but I found it very difficult to say anything negative about the Club.

“I would still say the same sat here today, we’ve just been beaten 6-1 on Saturday and I’m defending the players and I wasn’t even working with them.

“It’s how I am, it’s what I am, I had a great time and hopefully it’s going to be even better this time around."

"Anything you get in life that is worth having, you have to fight for and I am a fighter, but a thoughtful one," continued Cotterill.

"I hope I'm here for a long time.

"I've been very patient waiting for the right managerial job to come along. I could have worked a week after leaving Bristol City and I could have worked at a few clubs since.

"I've waited a long time for an opportunity like this and I'm going to grab it with both hands.

"I can't speak highly enough of the football club and the people that work at here because there are some wonderful people here.

"I know what is possible at this football club. I was born 40 minutes down the road in Cheltenham, so I've known about this football club for many a year.

"I'm a very proud man to be the manager today and I will do my utmost for the Club, the supporters and the owners." 

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