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Hob Nob Anyone? - Reading Football Club (Reading FC) Latest News
The departures leave Reading with a very different looking side as the vast majority of Steve Coppell's team from last season and before have been shown the door.
, who has been favourite to take over the Madejski Stadium since Steve Coppell
left, has retained many links to Reading
since working with the academy side and comes with the Madejski seal of approval.
"season of two halves" finally ground to a disappointing end with play-off semi-final failure and the departure of boss Steve Coppell
and his management team.
Kevin Dillon and Wally Downes have followed manager Steve Coppell out of the door and left the club following the club's play-off failure.
The entire change of management has been confirmed after Steve Coppell
quit after Tuesday night's second leg play-off defeat.
It truly is the end of an era - our most successful era - after years of historic success were followed by relegation from the Premiership and a faltering promotion campaign this year.
The club and it's fans owe all three men severe gratitude for transforming the club, but for all involved it appears to be the time for change.
will leave as a true Reading legend.
plans to take a break from football for a while before making a return to management and we are sure all Reading fans wish him the very best.
Reading manager Steve Coppell was quick to deny there was that form of contact and was also disappointed that the home side were awarded a suspect penalty before the break.
Since our relegation to the Championship the vast majority of fans have been quick to show their support for Steve Coppell
Following discussion on the Hob Nob Anyone? website, a rally was staged at short notice that saw fans turn up at Steve Coppell's
"manager" parking space at the Stadium.
The lamp post and the railings by the space were covered in posters to show support for Coppell
and to ask him to consider continuing his
successful management with the Royals
There is no doubt that it would be great news if Coppell
stayed on to guide Reading
towards another promotion from the Championship.
So far the signs are good and the rumours are that Coppell
will stay in an announcement to be made today.
fielded a dramatically changed line-up that included a string of defenders - either resting players for the run-in or punishing players for last weeks poor showing.
Reading manager Steve Coppell has promised big changes to the line-up for next weekend's trip to Middlesbrough as the current side struggled to an eighth successive league defeat against Aston Villa.
claimed it was "like seeing an old friend" after watching Reading
put in one of their best performances of the season to claim a thoroughly deserved win over Newcastle United.
altered the side to produce a much more attacking line-up with Long and Doyle up front, Oster on the wing, and handed Cisse his debut in midfield.
opted to pack the midfield and defence and to stop Manchester United playing with tight marking.
was able to bring on three fresh players from the bench - all late in the game - to help begin Reading's fight back.
Steve Sidwell took the headlines after being dropped from the squad as Coppell
prepares for his departure at the end of the season.
, the most successful manager in the history of Reading Football Club
, has signed a new deal to keep him at the club.
The news is even better than expected - Coppell was expected to sign a one year deal but has instead agreed to stay with the Royals until the Summer of 2009.
Coppell started with two straight wins after taking over at Reading in October 2003 and hasn't looked back since.
struggled to respond in the first half - Coppell
had opted to pair Long and Lita up front but they were to have a quiet afternoon.
As had been widely reported before the game, Steve Coppell
stuck to his
policy of fielding fringe players for cup fixtures despite the high quality of the opposition.
It's an excellent problem for Coppell
to have as the reserves continue to clock up impressive wins.
This whole episode makes Reading fans even more thankful that we have Steve Coppell
is charge of our team - ensuring we continue to play fair and honest both on and off the pitch.
Their game reminded me of the 1980s when English football hit an all time low, of lump and run, of challenge and challenge, of Wimbledon and Watford and… sorry, Steve Coppell
, but of Crystal Palace.
Reading's official website is much less sensational and simply underlines the facts: "We reiterate Steve Coppell
and Stephen Hunt's post-match comments that there was absolutely no intent to injure Petr.
Hob Nob Anyone? - Reading FC News From 2005
Since we weren't using the midfield, or the wings, Coppell opted for a four man attack with his substitutions leaving Ferdinand, Forster, Kitson and Owusu all waiting for hopeful punts up-field.
Once again Coppell
made some inspired substitutions to turn the game around.
has signed a one-year contract extension to keep him as manager of the Royals
until the end of the 2005/2006 season.
The Reading manager's existing contract was set expire in the summer.
remain well placed for a play-off position and there's still the possibilty that Coppell
could guide Reading into the Premiership at the end of the season - so, there's litle doubt that Coppell
has had a successful season to date.
Since taking charge of the side in October 2003 Coppell
has clocked up 36 wins and 22 draws from 85 games.
The forum, which allows fans to put their questions directly to the management team, will feature Reading team manager Steve Coppell along with potentially other guests to be announced later.
With just two league games to follow after that date it will no doubt be a crunch time for the Royals and Coppell
will face some interesting questions depending on how the season has panned out... Questions for Steve
can be sent to email@example.com.
Hob Nob Anyone? - Reading FC Match Report - 2008/2009
Steve Coppell's job is create a squad good enough to remain in the Premier League and he is not there yet, and although it would be good to win promotion this season, it is vital to take a long term view.
I am still convinced he is the man to do the job whatever happens this season, but there is still a lot more work to be done.
will go down arguably as our greatest ever manager but to me the man is burnt out.
It's almost like he
doesn't want to be here and cannot wait for the season to end and have a break good luck to him whatever he
Is this down to Coppell
or Sir JM, the latter I suspect.
Reading manager Steve Coppell:
Reading FC Former Players Association: John Motson Sporting Dinner
Also attending as special guest is former Reading FC Manager Steve Coppell.
Portsmouth FC Club Contacts
Director of Football: Steve Coppell