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Championship: Bristol City sack manager Steve Cotterill

Bristol City have sacked manager Steve Cotterill less than a year after he guided them to promotion from League One.

City won the League One title as well as the Johnstone's Paint Trophy last season, with the club making their intentions clear over the summer that they were looking to become a Premier League side in the near future.

He had been in charge at the club since 2013, but following a 2-1 home defeat to Preston North End on Tuesday evening, the side were without a win in seven and 22nd in the Championship.

The 51-year-old has previously managed Nottingham Forest, Portsmouth, Notts County, Burnley, Stoke, Cheltenham Town and Sligo Rovers.

Assistant manager John Pemberton and Wade Elliott, boss of the club's under-21 side, will take interim charge.

Club chairman Keith Dawe, speaking of the decision, said "will live in the memory for a long time" but added: "Sadly, since the highs of last March and May things have not gone our way on the pitch."

"The club's aspiration is to ultimately become a Premier League club and this decision has been made to achieve our overall strategy for growth and player development."

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