Notts County boss Steve Cotterill will leave the club on May 30th after failing to commit himself to the League Two Champions. The former Burnley manager has now been heavily linked with the vacant Portsmouth role.
Cotterill has revealed that the decision to leave the club he joined in February has been “one of the hardest” he has made in his career. The 45-year-old had enjoyed nothing but success at Meadow Lane after all, sealing promotion to League One with games to spare.
Magpies Chairman Ray Trew admitted he will begin the search for a replacement “with a heavy heart”. He added that Cotterill will “live long in the memory of all Notts County fans” for what he achieved in such a short space of time.
It’s currently unclear what County’s Football League odds will look like next season, but they could impress as long as things are stabilised off the pitch.
In terms of what is next for Cotterill, Pompey administrator Andrew Andronikou has claimed the departing County boss “is the sort of motivator that our players need to take them forward”.
Clearly, this indicates that Cotterill is in the running to be manager of the Championship club and this could have been a significant factor in his decision to leave Notts County.
His exit is typical of the Magpies season though. The club has had two new owners and three managers in the past eight months, while former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson and former England player Sol Campell both spent time at the club as well. The defender ultimately returned to Arsenal, but failed in his bid to join up with Fabio Capello’s men as the Three Lions look to justify their World Cup betting odds in South Africa.
Meanwhile, all involved at Meadow Lane will be hoping that next season is much more settled, but equally as successful. As for Cotterill, he will be busy making the next step in his managerial career, possibly as manager of Portsmouth Football Club.