Coppell quits Bristol City and retires from managementBy Jonny Fordham
August 12, 2010
Steve Coppell has resigned from Bristol City and retired from football management.
The former Reading boss lasted just two games at Ashton Gate before handing in his notice yesterday.
He released the following statement through the League Managers Association.
"It is with the deepest regret that I confirm my departure from Bristol City.
“I have made my decision after very careful consideration and I believe that it is in the best interests of both the club and me personally that we go our separate ways.
“Bristol City is an excellent club, with brilliant support and a chairman with great ambition for the club's future.
“Whilst I was looking forward to the challenge of leading the players in this season's campaign, unfortunately, it has become clear over recent weeks, that I found I could not, for whatever reason, become passionate about the role and give the commitment the position demands
“I appreciate that the timing of my departure is not ideal, but I believe it is best for the club to appoint a new manager or indeed appoint Keith Millen, who has a deep knowledge of the club and the squad, at this stage of the season.
“That individual can then make decisions on signing players before the window closes and work with the squad for the full campaign.
“I am retiring from football management but still feel I have a contribution to make to the game sometime in the future.
“I would like to sincerely thank the chairman and the board for their understanding and I wish the club and its supporters every success.”
Coppell, 55, was Reading’s most successful manager and guided Royals to the Premier League in 2006 with a record points haul of 106.
He resigned from his position at Madejski Stadium in May 2009 after failing to steer the club back to the top-flight, but he will always go down in Reading folklore as a legend.
The previous season fans begged him to stay after the club were relegated from the Premier League.