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Video: Cotterill Relishes Burnley Reunion

Steve Cotterill admits he still has a soft spot for Burnley eight years on from departing Turf Moor.

The City boss took charge of the Clarets for more than three seasons in the mid-2000s, building a competitive Championship squad on very limited resources that later achieved promotion to the Premier League.

Cotterill revealed it was a difficult period given the club’s financial restrictions at that time, but a fondly-remembered period in his career nonetheless.

“I enjoyed my time at Burnley,” the manager told Bristol City Player HD.

“I had a really good chairman – I had a fantastic relationship with Barry Kilby. He was a really special man and I still stay in contact with him from time to time.

“We had some tough times there trying to build that team and in the end nine out of the 11 got them promoted – I worked out at one stage they were signed for a combined £1.08m!

“It’s a completely different ball game for Burnley now compared to my time in charge.

“Their squad is really good – they’ve got about nine strikers now including a couple of young ones, so they’ve certainly done well compared to the time I was there!

“We had to sign one and sell one and then sign another one and sell him. They’re certainly on the way up and that’s nice for the people still running the club because I’ve got a lot of time for them.”

As for his own team, Cotterill believes last weekend’s 1-0 victory at Middlesbrough was just reward for the way City have performed in every game this season.

“They (the players) have been very good this week, as you would expect,” he added.

“It was a fantastic result last week and they have been in really good form. It’s been a nice clear week to look forward to a big game against Burnley.

“You don’t want to keep performing well and not win, because then they will think ‘my God, what have we got to do to win a game?’

“It is encouraging when your performance yields three points. When you carry on performing well and getting beaten, there’s not a lot more you can do.

“We’ll go for it in every game. We know that, as long as we can keep that back door shut, we can give anyone a game.”

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