The revolving blue door

Andy Munro reflects on Steve Cotterill’s departure from St Andrews.

Well, as I write this, Steve Cotterill has received his P45/fat pay off and, to be honest, it’s not before time for most of us Bluenoses, even if we must now have spent more on managers than players this season. Thankfully, Alan Pardew is still employed so there is a fair chance that any replacement will be an improvement.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Cotterill managed to make a half-decent side on paper look like they are sleepwalking into relegation when their CVs should warrant at least mid-table.

This can be illustrated thus…..

DAVID STOCKDALE: Championship keeper of the year 2017

MAXIME COLIN: Judged by journos to be in the top ten Championship fullbacks

CARL JENKINSON: once capped for England and still seen as a Gunners ‘prospect’

MARC ROBERTS: Ex-Barnsley captain and leader

HARLEE DEANE: Ex-Brentford captain and leader

CRAIG GARDNER: Ex-Premier League player alleged to bleed blue blood and a dead ball specialist

JOTA: Creative and supremely skilful midfielder who was our record signing

MIKEL KIEFTENBELDE Ex-Dutch Premier League captain and target for high-flying Derby

JEREMY BOGA: Flair player on the fringe of the Chelsea first team squad

JACQUES MAGHOMA: Congolese international who is capable of both scoring and making goals

SAM GALLAGHER: Young and quick target man who scored regularly for Blackburn despite their struggles last season

This compares favourably to any team in the top half of the Championship and that’s why Cotterill had to go, as he failed to bring about the teamwork, cohesion and cameraderie that was needed to make them function effectively.

Who else is to blame? The hangers-on and advisers to a quite frankly naïve board.