Date: 12th May 2008 at 11:25am
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Steve Coppell’s Reading future is uncertain this morning after his side were relegated from the Premier League yesterday.

The Reading manager admitted that he will not make an immediate decision over his future but rumours are rife that Coppell will stand down after a meeting with Reading owner John Madejski today.

Reading beat Derby 4-0 at Pride Park yesterday but were cruelly relegated after Danny Murphy’s late header against Portsmouth gave Fulham a 1-0 win and seal their safety.



Speaking after the game Coppell said: ‘Inevitably at the end of every season there are always changes and there will be here, mainly due to financial matters.



‘But this isn’t an occasion for thinking about me. We’ll have a look forward some time this week I’m sure.
‘I just want to congratulate my players for battling away all season.’



The 52-year-old added: ‘I’ve been here for five years and the core of the team has stayed the same, they’ve done a lot for this club and they are feeling it in the pit of their stomach at the moment.’



 

3 Replies to “Coppell’s future unclear after Reading relegation”

  • From us at pompey. Sorry. We were lame & that didn’t help you. Though you losing at home to Fulham probably cost you.

  • As i’ve posted on here before, Coppell is the man who can bring you straight back up. His record in the championship is very good in comparrison to that in the Prem. Your main concern is holding on to the players you have to help spring you back up next season. Shorey, Rosenior, Bikey, Hunt, Convey, Matejovski, Cisse, Kitson Doyle and Lita are all likely to be in demand by premier league clubs, and others are rapidly aging a la Hanemann, Ingimarsson, Little, De La Cruz etc. This could potentially leave you with very little to work with. Coppell has proven his ability to bring players up for very little from the lower leagues and this should aid in a swift recovery. Anyone else may rock the boat a little too much, spend heavily on unproven rubbish and could drag you down into deeper trouble. Good luck next year in the championship! i hope your premier league experience was fun while it lasted

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