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Coppell Quits As Manager And Walks Out Of Football

Steve Coppell has sensationally resigned as boss of Bristol City and decided to retire from management after just two games in charge of the club.

The 55-year-old accepted a one-year deal to take over from Gary Johnson in the summer and set his target of getting the Robins into the Premier League.

But he has now walked out on the club after deciding that he no longer has the passion for football management and will retire from the scene with immediate effect.

A statement by Coppell on the official site read: "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."

Chairman Steve Lansdown has moved swiftly to install Keith Millen as Coppell's successor on a three-year contract after impressing in his nine game role as caretaker at the end of last season.

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Writer: Andy999 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 12 2010

Time: 12:04PM

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He's a strange man
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12/08/2010 12:10:00

Oh dear!
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12/08/2010 12:21:00

Did a great job at reading but this display along with the similar showing for Citeh a while back show he is a loose canon. Its a disgraceful way to treat a football club that has backed him financially and he shouldnt be allowed to manage at that level again
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12/08/2010 13:12:00

Coppell was a good player, a good manager, had integrity, talked sense, and rarely moaned about referees etc. An all round nice guy I reckon - if he's decided he doesn't want to be a manager anymore then good luck to him.
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12/08/2010 13:17:00

What a cock! Hopefully james will ***** off too.
sam bulge
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12/08/2010 13:21:00

I think he's just about burnt his bridges now as far as football management is concerned i mean who would employ him with his track record for walking away from jobs
Dutch Bluenose
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12/08/2010 13:35:00

What a**** he is. Funnily enough, I was saying to mate down the pub on Tuesday night that I wouldn't be surprised if he walked away cos the job's too big for him. Not in terms of us as a club but in terms of the lack of quality and strength in depth the squad has. Never expected him to bottle it again though.
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12/08/2010 14:27:00

i feel for the bristol city fans though, wouldnt of the club recieved a pay off though due to it being a breach in contract?
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12/08/2010 16:05:00

That's odd, very odd! Especailly considering he's brought James in. Football - bloody hell! XD
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13/08/2010 15:21:00


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