Bristol City said to axe Steve Cotterill

HITC Sport understands Bristol City have sacked manager Steve Cotterill.

Bristol City are understood to have taken the decision to sack manager Steve Cotterill after a poor run of form, HITC Sport has learned from sources close to the club.

Bristol City find themselves third from bottom of the Championship after picking up just four wins all season since their record-breaking promotion last season.

Cotterill took charge of Bristol City in December 2013 when the club were sitting 23rd in the League 1 standings, in danger of suffering back-to-back relegations, but he led them to safety and they finished a respectable 12th in that season.

In the next season Cotterill guided City to promotion at a canter winning the League One title and they also won the the Johnstone's Paint Trophy to become the first team since Birmingham City in 1995 to achieve that feat.

It was Bristol City's first league title win for 60 years as they secured promotion back to the Championship after a two-year absence.

Bristol City were unable to land most of their top targets during the summer transfer window and the club were unable to repeat the heroics of the previous season.

Tuesday's defeat to Preston North End stretched Bristol City's winless run to six games and the club are said to have decided to axe Cotterill.

The news will come as a shock to Bristol City fans as Cotterill still enjoyed the majority of the supporters belief following his achievements last season.

The former Burnley boss has enjoyed a winning percentage of 48% at Bristol City, losing just 24 of his 110 games in charge.

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