Steve Cotterill: I was 'shocked' when Nottingham Forest sacked me in 2012

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Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill has reflected on his sacking by Nottingham Forest almost three years ago.

Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill has told the Daily Mail that he was 'shocked' when Nottingham Forest sacked him back in the summer of 2012.

Cotterill, 50, is in celebratory mood having guided Bristol City to the League One title this season, leading the Robins back to the Championship.

Bristol City ended the season with 99 points and lost just five games over the course of the season, with Cotterill earning plaudits for his work at Ashton Gate this term.

In a 20-year managerial career, Cotterill has been up and down England and even in Ireland with Sligo Rovers, so it's easy to forget that he was in charge of Nottingham Forest before his move to Bristol City.

Cotterill arrived at the City Ground in October 2011 after leaving Portsmouth, but spent just nine months at Forest before being sacked by owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi.

Cotterill left with a 32% win percentage, and has since proven just how good of a manager he is having earned promotion with Bristol City.

Speaking to the Daily Mail after the end of the League One season on Sunday, Cotterill admitted that his exit from Forest shocked him.

"What my Nottingham Forest experience taught me was that I could handle a big club, the demands, the pressure, 100 percent," said Cotterill.

"I didn’t speak to anyone outside of family and friends for about two months after I was sacked by Forest because I was so shocked. I knew the job I was doing was a good one yet the public didn't because of how it was ended. I’ve got belief I can manage at the very top and I’d like to achieve that," he added.

Since Cotterill's departure, Forest have had five permanent managers in charge in just three years - and next season, Cotterill will have the chance to show Al-Hasawi what he's missing.

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