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Cotterill thanks City board for their backing

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 21, 2014

By ANDY STOCKHAUSEN

Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill

Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill

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Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill has gone on record in thanking the Ashton Gate board of directors for backing him in the transfer market.

City may still not be safe from the threat of relegation, but their prospects of staying in League One have been greatly enhanced by the arrival of six loan signings.

Cotterill inherited a side rooted to the foot of the table in early December and immediately identified a requirement for greater experience.

Club owner Steve Lansdown and his board of directors decided to loosen the purse strings and back the new boss, who has recruited goalkeeper Simon Moore, defender Nyron Nosworthy, midfielders Simon Gillett and Wade Elliott and strikers Tyrone Barnett and Martin Paterson.

With the exception of former Brentford goalkeeper Moore, all have played at a higher level and boast vast experience.

Beaten just once in eight games, the Robins have not only escaped the bottom four, but established a five-point gap between themselves and the relegation zone, thanks in no small part to the new arrivals.

Cotterill said: "I'd like to thank the owner, the chairman and the board of directors for backing me and allowing me to do it. As a manager, you get credit for bringing in good players. But I couldn't have done it without the board giving me permission to strengthen the squad.

"I knew what I needed in the transfer market and they enabled me to bring in six new players. By reinforcing, we should be able to stay strong until the end of the season."

When Cotterill took over three months ago, he inherited several experienced players who were not even close to featuring in the first team.

He recalled: "There was a blend of young and experienced players when I came in, but the experienced ones needed to be in the team to help the younger ones and, for whatever reason, that was not happening.

"A couple are still here and a few have gone. I needed to replace those who had gone with experienced players who were going to get into the team.

"We have done that, the experienced players have helped the younger ones and, hopefully, it is working."

Unbeaten in four games, City could be unchanged when they face Colchester at the Weston Homes Community Stadium tomorrow.

Bobby Reid is still nursing a knee injury, while Adam El-Abd is suspended.

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