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Coppell's available!

Right, you are looking for a new manager, a manager preferably with experience, knowledge of the premier league, the proven ability to work to a 'tight budget', a guy that is respected by his piers and best of all they are available...

The chances of this kind of figure, with all those qualities falling into you lap when you need it are not that great are they, but this has happened now with Steve Coppell deciding to call it a day at Reading!

After Reading missed out in the play-offs last night he decided to resign saying 'it's the best thing, for both the club and myself, for me to leave,' although it has been strongly rumoured that Coppell was leaving this summer, promotion or not. He had actually seriously considered leaving when they were relegated last season...

Some reports say that he was considering retirement, lets act fast to tempt him into a quick return to management - if we do not someone else will at least try!

Get on the blower Storrie and get him lined up to take over in the summer, assuming he would want the job? Coppell has always struck me as 'a man of honour', so if we had a little chat with him now about taking over I am sure he would honour this and take over once the season ends...

Ok, he might not be the 'Mr charisma' that we might feel we needed, but the guy ticks most, if not all of the boxes that we would want/need in our next manager - does he not?

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 13 2009

Time: 8:19AM

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I said it many weeks ago that he'd be leaving...we should def snap him up!!
jonathanl50
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13/05/2009 08:36:00

I am not too sure about Coppell. Don't know why though, I just can't out my finger on it. He is however a million times better than Hart, so would prefer him anyday.
sneakay
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13/05/2009 08:43:00

i must admit i previously hadnt been keen on the idea of coppell, but the more i did think about it the more it made sense - these thoughts were first raised when 'jamie's dad' was being linked with newcastle, so i guess one to the other was quite a contrast at the time...
we could certainly do alot worse than coppell, so if he wants to carry on managing, lets give him a call and tempt him here.
pompeyrug
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13/05/2009 09:03:00

He recently said he was 53 and what would he do without a job? (when retirement was talked about in the media) So I'm sure he'd be keen for one last opportunity at management, and if that's at Premiership level, it'd be hard to turn down...
jonathanl50
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13/05/2009 09:13:00

Bilic first, then Coppell. We have so much quality (on paper) we don't want a manager who isn't used to managing World Class players - look at Paul Hart, he's not used to it and we are not safe with 2 games left. I think Bilic should be top priority.
PFCGino
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13/05/2009 10:39:00

Got to agree Rug, like the guy a lot and certainly knows his stuff. I think we could do an awful lot worse than him. Lets sign him up and let Hart drop back to the youth scene where he is best suited. I fear if Hart carries on he will be sacked by Christmas and we will hve then lost a good leader in the youth set up.
blarmy
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13/05/2009 12:15:00

I'd take him like a shot. This year Reading's home form has been diabolical but them ours hasn't exactly been 100%. Rember the 7-4 game, ok their defence was worse than ours now but they never gave up, that comes from the manager. With better players he would a great job. We also have to cut our cloth so he would probably be in the right bracket for us. So for me it's most certainly a yes, just two more and he's through.
Lemmi
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13/05/2009 13:55:00

Gino, a manager with no Premier League experience over one with years of experience? We need a proven PL club manager NOT an international coach. Coppell is a VERY experienced club manager (25 years) who, by and large, has over-achieved wherever he's been (apart from his 6 weeks at Man City). Has also done it all as a player and is hugely respected within the game. A very articulate and intelligent bloke too. By all acounts he is a superb man-manager and I, for one, know players who played for him and they can't speak highly enough of him (that seems to be the opinion of most people in the game, where Steve Coppell is concerned). Of all the people that are likely to be available, including Hart AND Bilic, Coppell would be my choice.
NinjaTim
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13/05/2009 15:15:00

Not sure. So if he came he'll bring some Reading players with him! Has he a good network of scouts to bring top named players from around the world to us? I doubt it. A great player in his day & has had some success at 'smaller' clubs. A nice enough guy but not sure he'd cut it with us!
storagematt
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13/05/2009 15:19:00

matt, i suspect that many would argue that those 'smaller' clubs that coppell has had success with are not actually that much smaller, if indeed they are smaller, than pompey are when all is said and done?
pompeyrug
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13/05/2009 15:32:00

Good point Rug. Palace in particular.
NinjaTim
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13/05/2009 15:46:00

brilliant manager. but he just looked tired when reading lost in the play offs - so would he be up for another fun year of management? If we can convince him that he is... he is the man to take us forward.
pompeycarpet
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13/05/2009 17:06:00

Coppell would be a good choice, most managers though want to come to a club for a big salary and lots of cash to spend on players, so could we get him at the moment? Any case, just been listening to Storrie on the Quay, and he seems pretty keen on keeping Hart on.
tracyc
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13/05/2009 19:38:00

He would be daft to say yes to us straight away. Surely he would wait and see what else is in the offing. We are hardly an attractive proposition for anyone at the moment, are we? I think we will end up with Hart.
Gandor1
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14/05/2009

Fair point Tim, and I'm not denying Coppell's managerial abilities - I think Bilic would do a fantastic job for us though. I think to get Coppell would be a step-backwards. Whilst he's a great manager and could get any team to the top division, can he keep us there? Probably not. He couldn't do it with Reading, and look where Palace are now. Our team is a GREAT team on paper in my opinion capable of top 6 finishes with the right guidance. Bilic is used to working under pressure in big tournaments with top players which would suit us down to the ground. Plus Bilic is respected in the global game, and I think top European players would be more inclined to play under him than Coppell.
PFCGino
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14/05/2009 10:19:00

Gino, Ask any Frenchman what they think of Bilic. They don't respect him. They regard him as a cheat for what he did in the '98 world cup semi-final.
NinjaTim
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14/05/2009 13:09:00

 

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