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City Unveil Coppell

City have lifted the lid on the worst kept secret in football by announcing Steve Coppell as Gary Johnson's successor at Ashton Gate.

The former Reading and Palace gaffer, 54, has signed a 12-month rolling contract and will officially take over on 11 May, when the season has ended.

Current caretaker Keith Millen will resume his duties as Coppell's assistant after being placed in charge for the final two games.

Chairman Steve Lansdown told the packed press conference: "I'm delighted that Steve has agreed to become the new manager of Bristol City FC.

"Steve arrives with a track record and pedigree that shows the ambition this football club has. We're aiming to play at the highest possible level.

"I think we now have a very strong management team to take this football club forward,"
he continued.

Coppell wasted no time in revealing his plans to strengthen the squad in the close season.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Coppell said: "I think it is a club which has got huge potential. This is an area that is committed.

"It is inevitable there will be changes but this is a very good core for any manager to start from.

"It is a question of identifying rough diamonds, the people you think are the right piece in the jigsaw for your particular team.

"If we can just add a few players here and there, make it stronger and more resilient, it is my job to recruit players who are going to enhance the good squad we already have here,"
said Coppell.

We at Vital Bristol City brought this news to you eight days ago and we wish Coppell well in what promises to be exciting times ahead for us City fans.

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Date:Thursday April 22 2010

Time: 1:56PM

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This is a very, very disappointing appointment. I think he'll take you up, probably in 2012. Then you can enjoy 1 or 2 years in the top flight.
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24/04/2010 12:23:00

really good appointment - lots of Watford fans wanted Coppell to replace Mackay mid season. Plays nice attractive football and knows the division well.
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26/04/2010 13:40:00

Do us a favour lads and turn Blackpool over on Sunday from a not so confident you can Swansea fan
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26/04/2010 15:08:00

Coming from the North West and favouring the blue part of Bristol, I am desperately hoping for a Blackpool win. Having said that, I would like to see Steve Coppell back in the Premier League in a year or two. As I'm not a native Bristolian, I don't hate City but I'm just not sure I can stand all that "we're a sleeping giant", "we need a 50,000 seat stadium because we're such a big club"....... crap that you lot always come out with.
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