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Elliott appointed Bristol City's Under-21 manager

Wade Elliott has accepted the position of Under-21 Manager, boss Steve Cotterill has confirmed.

The 2014/15 double-winning captain, aged 36, has decided to finish his professional playing career in order to take up his first coaching role at Ashton Gate.

Elliott will be in charge of the Under-21s from the new campaign, filling the void left by Mark O’Connor’s departure to West Bromwich Albion.

Boss Steve Cotterill told bcfc.co.uk: “I’m delighted Wade has accepted the job as our new Under-21 manager.

“Wadey has been taking his coaching badges with a view to becoming a manager or coach after his playing career had finished.

“In truth this opportunity (in coaching) has probably come a little earlier than expected for him because I know he could go on and do a job for a few League One teams.

“However, it’s nice that he has accepted because it shows what he thinks of me and the setup here.

“It’s a job I think he’ll do well in. He’s need some guidance along the way, I’m sure.

“The Under-21 group need some structure and discipline and I think Wade can bring that.

“Additionally he knows how we play and that’s something I want him to replicate on a day-to-day basis with the Under-21s, to ensure we bring that into their play.”

Elliott’s professional career spanned 706 appearances for Bournemouth, Burnley, Birmingham City and Bristol City.