Many Birmingham fans will be fearing at the possibility of losing David Cotterill in the summer, but manager Gary Rowett hopes that the player returns from international action after a fine Euro 2016.
Cotterill is with the Welsh national team at the Euro 2016. It is a momentous occasion for everyone concerned with Wales since the national team is qualifying for the major tournament after almost 60 years.Cotterill may be a squad player due to the presence of superstars like Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, but the possibility of the Birmingham City man featuring at least once in the group stages remains high.
If he manages to do well at the Euro 2016, Birmingham could be receiving a lot of offers for the player in the summer. Rowett is not worried about having to fend off interest from other clubs. Instead, he wants the players to have a very good international tournament and a return in a buoyant mood ahead of the new Championship season. Playing in the Euro 2016 also represents of a problem for Rowett in terms of maintaining energy levels within the player.The manager accepted that the player will have to be provided with an extra period of rest in order to allow him to recuperate.
“It’s easy for me to say I hope he doesn’t play. You know what, for him I hope he does play. I hope he plays and I hope he’s brilliant in every game and I hope I have a real problem in the summer.In a way I hope he goes away and has a great Euros. But I know he will be ringing me, whingeing like mad that he wants an extra couple of weeks off. If it’s easy we will probably give him an extra week off. But he will come back hoping for a big season,” said Rowett.