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Fans must back Cheltenham Town - Steve Cotterill

Steve Cotterill
Cotterill has won 14 games out of 17 since taking over at Notts County

Former Cheltenham boss Steve Cotterill has urged the club's supporters to back the team as they try to preserve their League Two status.

The Robins lost 5-0 to Cotterill's Notts County on Saturday and now need a point at home to Accrington in their final game to ensure survival.

"Cheltenham is my home town and the fans need to turn out next week, and not just the 3,000," he said.

"They need to back the team like they used to back me."

Cotterill, who did not celebrate any of his side's goals, told BBC Radio Gloucestershire: "It was a fantastic day for Notts but in some respects an uncomfortable one for me.

"I'm proud of where I come from and whenever I go back I get welcomed with open arms. We need to make sure we are a Football League club, and I still say 'we' because it's my club and it always will be."

Cotterill left Cheltenham, who he had also played for as striker, in the summer of 2002 after leading the club to three promotions.

Before taking over at Meadow Lane, his previous managerial job was at Burnley, where the Robins' current boss, Mark Yates, was his assistant.

Yates also played at Cheltenham under Cotterill and he has no doubts about him being the right man for the job.

"Yatesy has done magnificently," said Cotterill. "If he hadn't have gone in then they would have slipped off the radar.

"He deserves a massive pat on the back for what he's done. I've had a word with him and Neil Howarth (first team coach) and big Julian Alsop because they're all my boys.

"They'll be fine. Mark's job over the summer will actually be easier than the job he's taken on over the last six months because he can start again. "

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