Steve Cotterill

English association football player and manager

Stephen John Cotterill (born 20 July 1964) is a football manager and former professional football player from England. He is currently the manager of Shrewsbury Town in League One.

Steve Cotterill
Steve Cotterill, 2015
Cotterill in 2015
Personal information
Full name Stephen John Cotterill
Date of birth (1964-07-20) 20 July 1964 (age 58)
Place of birth Cheltenham, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Shrewsbury Town (manager)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1987 Cheltenham Town 9 (1)
1987–1989 Burton Albion 74 (44)
1989–1993 Wimbledon 24 (7)
1992Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 11 (4)
1993–1996 AFC Bournemouth 55 (18)
Total 164 (73)
Teams managed
1995–1996 Sligo Rovers
1997–2002 Cheltenham Town
2002 Stoke City
2004–2007 Burnley
2010 Notts County
2010–2011 Portsmouth
2011–2012 Nottingham Forest
2013–2016 Bristol City
2017–2018 Birmingham City
2020– Shrewsbury Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Personal lifeEdit

Cotterill was born in Cheltenham, a spa town in Gloucestershire, South West England. When he was just 11 years old, his father died.

In January 2021, Cotterill was in intensive care with COVID-19. He left hospital after 33 days on 16 February but was sent back to hospital on 1 March after suffering from COVID-pneumonia.


When he was a player, Cotterill had a nine-year career, playing for five different clubs. He began his senior career in 1986 with his local team Cheltenham Town. In 1987, he joined Burton Albion. In 1989, he joined Wimbledon and stayed there until 1993. During his time at Wimbledon, in 1992, he went on loan to Brighton & Hove Albion after he had an injury. In 1993, he joined AFC Bournemouth before retiring in 1996.

After finishing his playing career, Cotterill became a manager. His manager career began when he was hired as manager of Sligo Rovers in Ireland. Since then, he has been the manager of Cheltenham Town, Stoke City, Burnley, Notts County, Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest, Bristol City, Birmingham City and Shrewsbury Town.