Steve Cotterill: Bristol City boss targets Championship title

Steve Cotterill
Steve Cotterill also won the Conference title with Cheltenham in 1999 and League One crown with Notts County in 2010

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill has set his sights on the Championship title and believes his side will be an unknown quantity this season.

City secured promotion to the second tier in April and Cotterill is keen for his side to build on that momentum.

"It would be good if we could but we do not know the answer," Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol.

"If you can pick up as many points in those first dozen games it will be good for the players confidence."

BBC Points West look ahead to Bristol City's return to the Championship.

The Robins start their season in the Championship with a trip to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, and Cotterill hopes his side can be a surprise package despite a summer of relative inactivity at Ashton Gate.

The former Portsmouth and Nottingham Forest boss has added striker Jonathan Kodjia, wing-back Ryan Fredericks as well as forward Callum Robinson on a season-long loan from Premier League side Aston Villa.

"It's a fantastic venue to go for our first game," he said of the trip to Hillsborough. "I've never been beaten there.

"It's a little bit of the unknown but we are a little bit of the unknown to everybody else."

And, having won the League One title last season, Cotterill is keen to repeat that success.

"We want to win it again," he said. "It's a very difficult league, but League One isn't easy. We didn't do it at a canter, we worked hard, had fantastic team spirit, a great way of playing. The Championship will be no different we are all looking forward to it."