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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 March 2006, 15:39 GMT 16:39 UK
Coppell ready to stay at Reading
Steve Coppell
Steve Coppell 's Reading have cruised to promotion
Steve Coppell is ready to sign a one-year extension to his contract at Reading and lead the Royals into the Premiership next season.

There were doubts the former Crystal Palace and Brentford manager would stay at the Madejski Stadium after taking Reading into the top flight.

But he told the Reading Evening Post: "My contract isn't an issue and I think I will be here for another year.

"I really don't think it is going to be a problem."

Coaches Wally Downes and Kevin Dillon are also expected to stay at the club, which will play in the top flight for the first time in its 135-year history in August.

Coppell said he would see how things worked out during the season, mindful of Mick McCarthy's sacking at Sunderland after leading the Black Cats to the Championship title last year.

He said: "I suppose I am in a position where I could say I wanted a five-year deal, but football is about change and not about loyalty, certainly with management.

"They get turned over all the time - that's the way of the world.

"We've been promoted and I have got a lot of praise, but if next year we do badly than I'll be the one to take the blame. It will be my fault 100%.

"I'm aware of that, Mick McCarthy is aware of that, every manager is aware of that.

"I have always said I don't want to work anywhere just because I'm under contract.

"If I sign for a year and things work out then great. If not, then they can get rid of me with no bribery or leverage.

"It's just an honest situation."


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