Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
Steve Cotterill has thanked Bristol City supporters for their backing on the second anniversary of his appointment as manager.
Cotterill inherited a team second from bottom of Sky Bet League One, overseeing a top-half finish five months later before securing an historic double in his first full season in charge.
With City currently 20th in the Championship, the manager has overseen a rise of 27 places up the league ladder, and paid tribute to the club’s fans and players for playing their part in the journey.
“They’ve been brilliant ever since I’ve been here,” said Cotterill of the supporters, speaking to Bristol City Player HD.
“They welcomed me and they’ve bought into what I’ve brought to the club. Hopefully they’ve enjoyed that.
“The support that I’ve had has been second to none and I thank every single one of them for that.
“The players have made that as well, because they never give in and they’re a really young group who are improving and learning all the time.
“Unfortunately you have to have some tough times to learn the harsh lessons of this game, but they’ve done well and I’d like to thank them for the efforts they’ve given me and continue to give me.
“Even when the chips are down, like last week, they keep going to the end and that’s a really good sign.
“For a young group they’re quite mentally tough and their resilience is good. They bounce back from things and I’m pleased with that.”
Eight of Cotterill’s squad from his first game in charge, a 2-1 FA Cup victory at Tamworth, are still at the club two years on.
Aden Flint, Derrick Williams, Joe Bryan and Scott Wagstaff all started that day, while Frank Fielding, Marlon Pack, Bobby Reid and Wes Burns were among the substitutes.
“That probably goes to show their improvement, which I’m really pleased about because that’s something that I feel I’ve been part of,” the boss added.
“I had five players who were in the Dr Martens League Southern Division at Cheltenham who played in League One – they went all the way up.
“It’s not something I’m surprised about but I think it’s a real credit to those boys who have been with me from the start.
“It just goes to show that when you have a good team ethic and a good way of playing, you can mould them into a really good, cohesive unit.
“You want to keep going and keep improving them. That’s what I want for all of them and they want that as well.”