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Reading manager determined to be the predator not the prey

It’s not much fun losing your best players. Nevertheless, it’s a fact of life for any football club, unless you’re a Manchester United, a Chelsea or a Barcelona. Reading manager Steve Coppell has seen the likes of Steven Sidwell, Dave Kitson and Nicky Shorey leave the club since he’s been at the helm, and it appears that the vultures are circling once again.

However, as Setanta report, the Royals gaffer is not giving up any more players without one hell of a fight. After their 0-0 draw with Forest on Sunday, the scouser clearly wants to keep hold of the likes of Kevin Doyle and James Harper, and even talks about strengthening his squad for their assault on the Championship.

“I want to get a message across that I don’t want any of my players to go. There’s been a certain amount of hovering but I would hope the teams respect our situation now the season has started,” said Coppell.

“Our squad has been there since May 13 and the last thing any manager wants is a last-minute rush because The Premier League kicks off next week.

“Why haven’t people come earlier, why have my players suddenly become desirable?

“I said many weeks ago that if any player does leave it will be at a premium. I don’t want to lose anyone.

“If anything, I’m going to be the predator myself and bring a few players in.”

Reading fans, where do you think your team needs strengthening? Are you short of firepower now that Kitson has gone, or should Coppell look to bring in a creative midfielder? Anything less than a top six finish would surely be disappointing to the fans this term?

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