Steve Cotterill has revealed that he has come to the ‘very difficult decision’ to reject the chance to stay on as assistant manager to Harry Redknapp at Birmingham City. The former Bristol City boss helped the Blues in the final weeks of the season as they avoided relegation. He retains a desire to be a manager himself, which is why he turned it down.

After Gianfranco Zola was dismissed at St Andrews, Redknapp was quickly installed into the hot-seat. He then quickly called upon Cotterill and also Paul Groves to assist him. A final day victory at Bristol City, Cotterill’s former club, was enough to secure survival.

52-year-old Cotterill, who has also managed the likes of Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest and Burnley, says it was hard for him to not stay on but believes he himself has a lot to offer as a manager in the dugout elsewhere,

“It was a very difficult decision. I have given it a lot of thought. But I have decided to turn down the club’s offer of being assistant manager.

“The club has made me a good offer and my decision was solely based on being a number two, whereas really I have been a manager for a long time in my own right.”

The football manager veteran has also revealed that the club has given him an open invite to attend any Birmingham City game he likes next season. He also stated how he would miss everyone at the club, who made him feel so welcome during his brief stint. However, all of his focus now goes into possibly pitting his wits against Redknapp in a different dugout.

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