Cotterill says Birmingham situation won’t change regardless of manager

Steve Cotterill manager of Birmingham City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Birmingham City at Griffin Park on February 20, 2018 in Brentford, England.

Birmingham City boss Steve Cotterill believes that the current situation will not change even if he is dismissed.

Steve Cotterill manager of Birmingham City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Birmingham City at Griffin Park on February 20, 2018 in Brentford, England.

As reported by the Birmingham Mail, Birmingham City boss Steve Cotterill believes that the next Blues manager would be in the same position as him if he were to get sacked before the end of the season.

The 53-year-old has been at the forefront of a disastrous run which has seen the Blues slip into the relegation zone and, as they move into the final few months of the campaign, Birmingham have not shown much to suggest they will be making their way up the table anytime soon.

Cotterill, however, seems intent on focusing his attention on the recent criticism that has come his way courtesy of their current form.

Birmingham City fans looks at the Birmingham timeline posters before the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Derby County at St Andrews (stadium) on January 13, 2018 in...

"It's not nice to take the stick I take but if it's someone else managing the team in a month's time then they're in the same situation because it'll be the same players going out on the pitch," he said.

"They're unrecognisable from the team they were a month ago and the difference is confidence.”

It is never particularly pleasant to see a professional football manager scrambling for air off the back of a poor run, but in this instance Cotterill seems to have brought it on himself. The man in charge does not seem to have grasped that most of the blame needs to lie at his feet.

Steve Cotterill manager of Birmingham City looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Birmingham City at Villa Park on February 11, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Lee Clark, Gianfranco Zola, Harry Redknapp and Steve Cotterill have all been introduced as ‘fixes’ for the team, and none of them were able to inspire any kind of resilience on a long-term basis. Even a solid appointment like Gary Rowett wound up being dismissed to the bemusement of the supporters.

Cotterill needs to start accepting some responsibility because that is the first step in turning the Birmingham ship around.

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