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Last Updated: Thursday, 2 October, 2003, 10:30 GMT 11:30 UK
Hoddle denies Reading link
By Stuart Roach

Former Spurs boss Glenn Hoddle
Glenn Hoddle will not be taking over as Reading boss, with Brighton manager Steve Coppell set for the position.

Sacked Spurs manager Hoddle had been widely tipped to take charge of First Division Reading.

But his agent Dennis Roach told BBC Sport that Hoddle has not even been interviewed for the job, clearing the way for Coppell to take charge.

"There have not been any negotiations with Reading and there will not be any," Roach told this website.

"I have been involved with Glenn for 20 years and if there had been any negotiations then I would have been involved, but there have been none.

"He has not been interviewed."

I think his priority at the moment is to get over Tottenham
Dennis Roach
Reading could have provided Hoddle with an immediate return to football 10 days after his sacking at Spurs.

The former England manager lives opposite the Royals' Berkshire training base.

But Roach told BBC Sport that Hoddle intends to take a break from management following his departure from Spurs.

"I think his priority at the moment is to get over Tottenham. He will probably take a little time out," Roach said.

Coppell is now in line to take over at Reading in time for Saturday's First Division match at home to Bradford.

He had a second interview with Reading on Wednesday and this website understands he has now been offered the job.

Coppell will succeed Alan Pardew, who was a player under his management at Crystal Palace.

Seagulls boss Steve Coppell
Coppell has done well at Brighton
Brighton confirmed Coppell, who has steered Brighton to second in Division Two, has held talks with Reading about their vacant managerial post.

But Seagulls chairman Dick Knight hopes to keep him at the Withdean Stadium.

A statement on Brighton's official website read: "We can confirm that Steve Coppell had talks with Reading Football Club regarding the vacant manager's position at the Madejski Stadium.

"However, Albion chairman Dick Knight is doing everything within his power to persuade Coppell that his future lies with the Seagulls."

Pardew left Reading in controversial circumstances last month, resigning as manager after being refused permission to talk to West Ham, where he will eventually be installed as boss on 18 October.

Coppell has a clause in his Brighton contract allowing him to move to a club from a higher division.

Reading chief executive Nigel Howe confirmed: "We still aim to make an announcement this week, but it will certainly not be on Thursday."

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