The Blues slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest on Saturday afternoon to leave them in the relegation zone, but speaking afterwards, Cotterill felt he still had the support of the players.
‘All I can do is keep a calm head,’ Cotterill said before the news of his sacking broke. ‘That is all the players can do as well.
‘You saw a team today who know their manager is under pressure. But they were committed. There is no way they are not giving their all for me.
The 53-year-old was only appointed in September and the Blues are now hunting their third permanent manager of the season, with Monk already favourite to land the job.
‘This course of action is taken with great regret and sadness,’ a club statement read. ‘Steve has conducted himself professionally on behalf of the Club at all times, his work ethic and honesty are a credit to him and there is a genuine sadness at this decision.
‘However, the Board feel that a change in management at this stage is in the best interests of the Football Club.’
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