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I quit Reading because I need a break but I'll be back, promises Coppell
Published : 14 May 2009 14:56:51
Steve Coppell is ready for a break from football after leaving Reading in thewake of their Championship play-off semi-final defeat to Burnley. The 53-year-old ended his five-and-a-half year tenure at the Madejski Stadiumon Tuesday following the 2-0 defeat to the Clarets which meant his side missedout on an immediate return to the Premier League. Coppell led Reading to promotion to the Premier League in 2006 and they enjoyed a fine debut season in the top flight before being relegated the following year. Having missed out on promotion this season, Coppell believes it is time for a change in direction for Reading and himself. 'Given the result it seemed the right thing to do and the right timing,' said Coppell. 'Last season I made a decision to continue and wanted to erase relegation from our minds by getting us back into the Premiership. New era at Reading as axed coaches Dillon and Downes follow Coppell out the doorMan of honour: Coppell shows great dignity as he decides to call it a day at ReadingReading 0 Burnley 2 (Agg 0-3): Vintage Clarets bring Coppell era to a close 'My sole intention was to get promotion, that was my reason forcontinuing. I thought we were good enough but it just wasn't meant tobe and it's time for someone else to have a fresh appraisal of thesquad. 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.' However the former Crystal Palace, Manchester City, Brenford and Brighton boss insists he will return to management in the future after a break from the game. 'I want to try and continue my education as a manager,' he added.'Football people are creatures of routine and it was weird waking upthis morning with nothing to do. 'I'll enjoy a break with a view to coming back to management in thefuture. You never know when that will be but it is my intention.' Reading have also confirmed that they will not be renewing the contracts of first team coaches Kevin Dillon and Wally Downes. Dillon became first team coach under former boss Alan Pardew, while Downes joined the Royals in 2004 to link up with Coppell.