Top notch boss decides enough is enough!
Steve Coppell has resigned as Reading manager after Tuesday’s defeat by Burnley denied the Royals a place in Championship play-off final.
The 53-year-old took charge in 2003 and guided Reading into the Premier League three years later but they were relegated in 2008.
Coppell’s men lost 2-0 to Burnley on the night and 3-0 on aggregate.
“Following our play-off exit I feel it’s the best thing, for both the club and myself, for me to leave,” he said.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Reading manager and would like to thank everyone connected to the club for the support I have received.” (BBC Sport)
Stevie Coppell is the manager nearly all fans like. Understated, down to earth and never one to mouth off unnecessarily, he will surely me employed elsewhere in less than a month. The former Man United winger has had a pretty decent record of success since he hung up his boots at the age of 28 and jumped in at the deep end at Crystal Palace.
His Reading side capitulated towards the end of the season and that downward turn continued through the play-offs where they were beaten by two great strikes last night as Owen Coyle’s Burnley side marched on towards the final where they will come up against Sheffield United.
So what now for Coppell? Well expect him to be linked with every available position in the top two divisions and if i were a betting man (which i am btw) i would guess he will be in the Premier League next season even though his former Royals side are not,.