Banner image

Cotterill Full Of Praise For Lennon

Steve Cotterill has praised the work of opposite number Neil Lennon ahead of City’s trip to Bolton Wanderers tomorrow (3pm).

The Northern Irishman took the reins with the Trotters rooted to the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship in October last year, transforming Bolton’s fortunes to secure survival by ten points.

Wanderers currently lie third bottom of the table, but the City manager believes the size of Lennon’s task has been dictated by previous regimes at the Macron Stadium.

“I think Neil has done a very good job at a difficult time for the club,” Cotterill told Bristol City Player HD.

“Last year he pulled them away to safety and it’s been very tough for him this year. You haven’t heard any complaining from him – he’s just got on with the job and I think he’s done a brilliant job.

“The reason they ended up with budget cuts is because they were probably spiralling out of control.

“Some of the wages they were paying three or four years ago were unbelievable for players I wouldn’t necessarily say were top, top players.

“Quite a few of them were very well looked after and now Neil is having to pick up the pieces. I know what a difficult job that is because I’ve done it a lot of times throughout my career.”

Visitors City are targeting two wins on the spin for the first time this season, while Bolton will be hoping to welcome Shola Ameobi and Mark Davies back from injury ahead of the last international break until March.

“What you need to do is try to get back-to-back results,” Cotterill added. “If you can do that, it can propel you from where you are.

“I think they’ll probably play with a diamond – that’s what they seem to have been doing of late.

“They’ve had a couple of injuries over the past week or so, so it just depends whether they are back fit or not as they could be difference makers for them.”

Scott Wagstaff remains absent due to a lack of match fitness, while Cotterill reports just bumps and bruises following the 1-0 victory over Wolves on Tuesday night.

Related News

Bristol Sport Predictor - Win A Season Ticket

Bristol Sport Predictor - Win A Season Ticket

Posted: Friday, October 2nd 2015

Video: Bristol Sport TV

Video: Bristol Sport TV

Posted: Friday, November 6th 2015

Latest News

Season Cards set for general sale

Season Cards set for general sale

Posted: Thursday, May 6th 2021

Vote for your MansionBet April Moment of the Month

Vote for your MansionBet April Moment of the Month

Posted: Wednesday, May 5th 2021

Beard’s pride as City Women prepare for final-day showdown

Beard’s pride as City Women prepare for final-day showdown

Posted: Wednesday, May 5th 2021

Wiles-Richards signs two-year contract

Wiles-Richards signs two-year contract

Posted: Tuesday, May 4th 2021

Also from Bristol Sport

Report: Leicester Riders 92-79 Bristol Flyers
Basketball icon

Report: Leicester Riders 92-79 Bristol Flyers

Bristol Flyers were eliminated from the BBL play-offs by the top seed Leicester Riders.

Posted: Wednesday, May 5th 2021 • Basketball

Bears team up with Tom & Teddy to launch social media competition
Rugby icon

Bears team up with Tom & Teddy to launch social media competition

Bristol Bears are teaming up with Bristol-based beachwear brand Tom & Teddy to launch a unique social media competition for supporters.

Posted: Wednesday, May 5th 2021 • Rugby

'Fresh and excited for derby clash’ - Lam
Rugby icon

'Fresh and excited for derby clash’ - Lam

Pat Lam is expecting a ‘tough challenge’ when his side make the short trip to The Rec to face a Bath side ‘packed with international quality’ on Saturday (4.30pm KO, live on BT Sport 1 HD).

Posted: Wednesday, May 5th 2021 • Rugby

Watch the season run-in at Ashton Gate Sports Bar
Bristol Sport icon

Watch the season run-in at Ashton Gate Sports Bar

Enjoy the thrilling finale to the Bears’ Gallagher Premiership campaign in the Ashton Gate Sports Bar.

Posted: Wednesday, May 5th 2021 • Bristol Sport

Free teacher CPD on Ashton Gate Stadium pitch
Rugby icon

Free teacher CPD on Ashton Gate Stadium pitch

Bristol Bears Community Foundation is delighted to offer a free morning of CPD for primary school teachers at Ashton Gate Stadium, the home of the Bristol Bears.

Posted: Wednesday, May 5th 2021 • Rugby