Coppell set to take a break

14 May 2009 01:09
Steve Coppell is set to take a break from the game after stepping down as manager of Reading following their play-off defeat at the hands of Burnley. The 53-year-old had hoped to lead the Royals back to the Premier League, but stepped aside after a 3-0 aggregate reverse to the Clarets. He told reporters: "Given the result it seemed the right thing to do and the right timing. "Last season I made a decision to continue and wanted to erase relegation from our minds by getting us back into the Premier League. "My sole intention was to get promotion - that was my reason for continuing. "I thought we were good enough, but it just wasn't meant to be and it's time for someone else to have a fresh appraisal of the squad. It's right for the club and right for me. "I think it's time for a break. I've done eight years on the bounce as a manager and you never get chance to draw breath. "I'll enjoy a break with a view to coming back to management in the future. You never know when that will be, but that is my intention."

Source: ESA