Steve Cotterill "surprised" by Nottingham Forest appointment

© PA Photos
Steve Cotterill confesses that he is "very surprised" to have been given the opportunity to manage Nottingham Forest.

Steve Cotterill has admitted that he was "very surprised" to have been handed the opportunity to take over as manager of Nottingham Forest.

Former England boss Steve McClaren called time on his stint at the City Ground after just 111 days in the job two weeks ago and Cotterill has confessed that he was surprised when the role became available.

"I was very surprised [when McClaren resigned]," Cotterill told a press conference. "I didn't see that one coming at all.

"I certainly didn't expect to be sitting here now when Steve McClaren was unveiled during the summer."

The 47-year-old, who left Portsmouth last week, held a meeting with his new players this morning and revealed that he has acquired a squad that is low on confidence.

"We've got to improve our [league] position," he added. "I've spoken to the players this morning and they were a bit subdued.

"But by the time I left they were a bit more lively and hopefully that will continue tomorrow."

Forest are currently second from bottom in the Championship.

Lukas Jutkiewicz
Read Next:
Result: Coventry 1-0 Forest
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Premier League
Scottish League Cup
La Liga
Serie A
Ligue 1
Segunda Division
Australian A-League
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Primeira Liga
Russian Premier League
Turkish Super Lig
Major League Soccer
1Wolverhampton WanderersWolves1392224131129
2Cardiff CityCardiff138321810827
3Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd139041811727
4Leeds UnitedLeeds137242112923
5Aston Villa136431913622
6Norwich CityNorwich136431314-122
7Bristol City135622014621
8Preston North EndPreston135621711621
9Derby CountyDerby125431713419
11Ipswich TownIpswich126062018218
12Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest136071721-418
14Hull City134452420416
16Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds134451616016
17Queens Park RangersQPR133641617-115
21Birmingham CityBirmingham13328821-1311
22Burton Albion13247625-1910
24Bolton WanderersBolton13139724-176