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Thursday, 10 October, 2002, 10:19 GMT 11:19 UK
Cotterill quits Stoke
Stoke boss Steve Cotterill has quit
Steve Cotterill handed in his notice
Steve Cotterill has resigned as manager of Stoke City to become assistant boss at Sunderland.

Cotterill quit Stoke on Wednesday, just five months and 14 league games after joining the club.


Stoke City has not been approached by another club with regard to the manager
Jonathan Fuller
Stoke chief executive
A statement on the Stoke City website read: "Stoke City has not been approached by another club with regard to the manager and the club is shocked and surprised at the news.

"Steve Cotterill arranged for the first team squad to have this week off and the club will make an announcement regarding interim arrangements as soon as is possible," the statement added.

Cotterill only signed a three-year contract on 27 May this year.

His move came just days after leading Cheltenham into Division Two following a play-off final win against Rushden & Diamonds.

Cotterill replaced Gudjon Thordarson, who left after a disagreement with the Icelandic consortium in charge at the Britannia Stadium.

Cotterill was seen as a gamble in Division One because of his lack of experience at that level.

But he boasts an impressive record in the lower divisions, masterminding Cheltenham's spectacular rise from the Dr Martens League to the Second Division during his five years at the club.

Cheltenham won the FA Trophy in 1998 as Cotterill became one of the most highly-rated young managers in the game.

As a player, Cotterill enjoyed spells with Wimbledon, Brighton and Bournemouth before being forced to retire through injury.

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BBC Radio Stoke's Nigel Johnson
"He hasn't had the financial support"
Stoke chief executive Jonathan Fuller
"No other club has been in touch with us"
Former Stoke boss Steve Cotterill
"The chairman understood"

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