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Madejski keen for Coppell to stay

John Madejski and Steve Coppell
John Madejski and Steve Coppell are part of Reading's fabric

Reading owner John Madejski hopes to persuade manager Steve Coppell to stay at the club following their relegation from the Premier League.

Coppell is thinking over his future after they slid into the Championship despite a 4-0 win over Derby on Sunday.

Madejski said: "I'd like Steve to stay. He has a year left on his contract, and there's a groundswell of fans who would also like him to stay.

"But Steve's his own man and if he's going to go then he'll go."

Coppell has been in charge of Reading for five years, taking them up to the top flight two seasons ago and to a magnificent eighth-place finish last year.

Despite that achievement, Madejski said relegation had not come as a huge surprise 12 months on, and called for a collective share of responsibility for the downturn in results.

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"Things haven't been looking rosy for a while. It's not a very nice thing to happen, but you have to be philosophical about it," he said.

"So as far as I'm concerned for the sake of the fans we have to get things right and move on. I think that everyone's culpable, including myself, certainly the players are."

Coppell has indicated he will take his time over a decision on his future.

"I have got to look at things. I have a huge affection for this club and I want to do what I think is right for this club," he said.


see also
Coppell dodges Reading exit talk
11 May 08 |  Reading
Derby 0-4 Reading
11 May 08 |  Premier League
Premier League finale as it happened
11 May 08 |  Premier League


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