FC - Steve
Coppell is new manager
official - Steve Coppell will be Reading's new manager. He has signed
a contract until the end of the 2004/5 season and is said to be
delighted to be in Reading and aiming for the Premiership.
at the conference, Coppell said "The stadium is superb, the
infrastructure is here for it to be a Premiership Club. It's an
opportunity for me to pit my wits against the best and hopefully
get into the Premiership.
attend the press conference - BBC Radio Berkshire's Tim Dellor
is asking the questions
take it one step at a time, one game at a time. In recent weeks
with the turmoil the team are a little distracted but I intend to
continue Alan Pardew's good work and get back on track... I can't
guarantee success but will do everything we can to get there."
announcement came at a media conference at 10:30am on Thursday at
the Madejski Stadium, exactly one month after Alan Pardew handed
in his resignation.
fans have been expressing their impatience and frustration at how
long it's taking the club to appoint a new manager. It's now almost
three weeks since the Royals reached an out of court settlement
allowing team boss Alan Pardew to move to West Ham. Brighton's Steve
Coppell is set to take over the helm at the Madejski Stadium, although
Reading officials will only say they hope to have the matter settled
in the next few days, adding they won't rush their decision.
wait appears to be almost over for Reading fans, with Steve Coppell
set to be unveiled as the Royals new manager in the next 48 hours
barring any last minute hitches. The former Crystal Palace and Brentford
boss is understood to have decided to leave Brighton after agreeing
terms with Madejski Stadium officials. SO, plenty to talk about
on tonight's edition of the Royals Footy Phone In from 6pm this
evening... To get your views on air... Call 0118 948 49 49 Text
07786 202 303 E-mail via the website...bbc.co.uk/berkshire.
be a big day at the Madjeski stadium - with a swell of reports beginning
to suggest Steve Coppell will be the man to replace Alan Pardew.
The Brighton boss has admitted to being in two minds about the seagulls
but it's understood he agreed terms with the Royals over the weekend.
Following the weekend's 2-2 draw with Bradford, Reading have now
dropped to 12th in Division One.
no concrete news expected until Monday on whether Steve Coppell
will become their new manager, Reading's players must focus on this
afternoon's home clash with Bradford City. Coppell is understood
to have been offered the Royals job with supporters hoping he'll
take over after the weekend. Reading have injury doubts over central
defenders John Mackie and Steve Brown and midfielder Steve Sidwell
for today's game. That means Ricky Newman could come into the defence
and Kevin Watson could also start. Caretaker boss Kevin Dillon is
away this weekend for family reasons, which means Director of Football
Nicky Hammond and first team coach Brian McDermott will be in charge
as the Royals aim to bounce back from four defeats from five league
saga of Reading's new manager WILL spill over into next week. The
Royals wanted to make an announcement by the end of today, but the
club's Director of Football Nicky Hammond says there'll be no concrete
news until after the weekend. The leading candidate for the job,
Steve Coppell, who's been offered the job has said he'll still be
in charge of Brighton for their game against Blackpool tomorrow.
Whoever's in charge for tomorrow's home clash with Bradford, Reading
could have a selection headache. Central defenders John Mackie and
Steve Brown and midfielder Steve Sidwell are all nursing injuries
ahead of the match, which means Ricky Newman could come into the
Royals backline and Kevin Watson could also start. Caretaker boss
Kevin Dillon is away this weekend for family reasons which means
Director of Football Nicky Hammond and first team coach Brian McDermott
will be in charge if no new face comes in. BBC Radio Berkshire will
have a FULL MATCH PREVIEW of Reading versus Bradford at 5.45pm tonight
and FULL MATCH COMMENTARY in our sports programme from 1pm tomorrow.
just been announced by Reading FC that NO ANNOUNCEMENT on the new
manager will be made today.
fans remain on tenterhooks with the club poised to unveil their
new manager. The Royals squad back are back in training at Sonning
this morning, which means there could be some concrete news later
today. Its seems likely the players would be told of the club's
decision before any details were officially made public. Caretaker
boss Kevin Dillon was due to meet with Reading Director of Football,
Nicky Hammond yesterday to discuss if he'd got the job full-time,
but the meeting had to be postponed.
caretaker boss Kevin Dillon says he'll find out later today if he's
to be given the job full-time when he meets the club's Director
of Football, Nicky Hammond. The Royals are expected to name their
new manager in the next 36 hours.
BBC Radio Berkshire caught up with caretaker manager Kevin Dillon
after the disappointing performance against Sunderland at the Stadium
to the interview here.
on Reading FC
Speculation is mounting that former England captain Tony Adams may
take over as manager at Reading Football Club. The club has confirmed
that they have interviewed Adams, but say there is a long list of
Adams retired last year because of a series of injuries, but he
has made it known he wishes to move into management.
are also reports linking Glen Hoddle with the vacant position.
today suggest that the West Ham boss in waiting, Alan Pardew, could
try and sign Reading's young fulback Nicky Shorey - despite the
Hammers agreeing not to recruit any Royals players and staff this
season as part of their out of court settlement with Madejski Stadium
officials. If such a move is proposed Reading Chairman John Madejski
is sure to resist.
New Director of Football appointed
Former Reading FC goalkeeper Nick Hammond has been appointed on
a five-year contract in a newly-created position as Director of
Football for the club. Nick has been with the club for some time
as the Director of the Youth Academy.
primary task in the short term will be to oversee the process of
find a new manager after the departure of Alan Pardew.
John Madejski commented, "He's been so instrumental in so many aspects
of the club... he has an intimate knowledge of both the players
and the football scene here."
the thorny matter of the appointment of a new manager, Nick had
the following to say, "Certainly Kevin Dillon will be interviewing
for the job..."
asked about a possible application from Glenn Hoddle, who has been
tenuously linked with the role after his recent departure from Spurs,
Nick said, "It would be wrong of us to talk about individuals at
this point." On the subject of his long connection with the club,
he commented, "I've been here for nearly eight years now... I've
sort of grown with it."
Alan Pardew latest
Reading chairman John Madejski says he'll appoint a new manager
in the next few days, but won't confirm if it will be caretaker
boss Kevin Dillon. It comes after the resolution of the Alan Pardew
saga, with the 42 year-old set to become West Ham's new team boss
on October the 18th after the Royals reached an out of court settlement
including compensation of almost £400,000 PLUS an undertaking
that no-one else from the club will be heading for East London.
Reading FC Press conference
Reading Chairman John Madejski has been speaking at a press conference
about his disappointment at Alan Pardew's departure from the club.
Madejski was visibly upset over the way things have panned out
the press conference at the club on Thursday evening, Madejski said...
Pardew is on gardening leave...we've had an undertaking from Alan
Pardew and West Ham that none of our employees and staff will be
leaving to go to West Ham between now and the end of the season.
remains in a belligerently optimistic mood about the future
West Ham will be giving us a payment of £380,000 including
our costs. As far as I'm concerned, that is a vindication of us.
That we've done the right thing, we've had to fight hard for it.
very disappointed about what's happened obviously, because I felt
that contracts when they're signed should
be adhered to and I'm just very upset about the whole process, the
way contracts aren't honoured."
think this settlement vindicates Reading...
would really like to thank the fans for their fantastic support
they've given, not only me, but the board and Reading Football Club.
think we all feel very hurt about what's happened, I didn't expect
it to happen, and I'm very disappointed that it has happened.
did have this feeling of injustice which is why we were prepared
to take it further...I think we've been vindicated in doing just
that, we had to do it because I couldn't look the fans in the face
and say 'He's gone', because I feel as indignant as they do about
what's happened to Reading Football Club at this juncture...I mean
we're all ambitious, of course we are, but sometimes naked ambition
can prove to be something rather hideous.
built up a head of steam at this club and we want to keep that head
of steam going.
left now so long live the king, so we will move on and we will move
forward and we will still get into the Premiership by the end of
off to West Ham
launched legal action against Pardew to prevent him becoming their
new manager, but the clubs have come to an agreement that is likely
to include a compensation fee.
deal has been agreed," Pardew's agent Barry Nevill said.
added: "I'd like to send a message to the Reading fans and thank
them for their support.
think I've left a legacy that will continue to grow and I believe
(caretaker-manager) Kevin Dillon would be the right choice to take
resigned from his position at Reading on 10 September after Royals
chairman John Madejski denied him permission to talk to the Hammers.
been hard, tortuous, but the tradition and history of West Ham was
an attraction I couldn't turn down," he added.
know it's going to be a tough task there and we need to get back
into the Premiership.
a daunting challenge but I'm really looking forward to it."
Reading's lawyers were reported to be at the High Court in London
yesterday seeking an injunction to stop Alan Pardew heading for
West Ham. Such an injunction can be granted or rejected straightaway
or more likely in this case be considered at a hearing in two weeks
time. Despite Reading Chairman John Madejski's refusal to accept
Pardew's resignation, Hammer's director and caretaker boss Trevor
Brooking seemed hopeful he would not have to take charge of the
team for this Saturday's clash with Gillingham, leading to speculation
that Pardew would be installed by the weekend. Royals officials
are making no comment about their reported legal battle, whilst
West Ham have only said they understand proceedings have begun.
Alan Pardew could be unveiled as West Ham's new manager in the next
48 hours. Hammers caretaker boss Trevor Brooking has hinted that
his spell in charge is about to end, although the Upton Park club
say they are not planning any announcement for today. Pardew resigned
his post at Reading last week, although Royals Chairman John Madejski
has refused to accept that. Speaking to the press after West Ham's
victory over Crewe last night Brooking said - "I always felt I would
be in charge for this game but Saturday's match against Gillingham
is a different matter. We'll have a talk because we've got the day
off now and we'll talk through what that situation is. If it's sorted
out sooner then great and I think whoever takes the side over will
take them on from here."
Rotherham boss Ronnie Moore is the latest name being linked with
a move to the Madejski Stadium. Royals assistant manager Kevin Dillon
has been put in temporary charge after Alan Pardew walked out last
week. Whilst not accepting Alan Pardew's resignation, Reading Chairman
John Madejski has admitted that long-term, all the options are being
looked at. If the Royals have a good run of results under Kevin
Dillon there would seem little point in changing something that
isn't broken. However, if a new face is deemed necessary, Rotherham
manager Ronnie Moore has now joined the list of potential candidates
being linked with taking the helm at the Mad Stad one day.
Ham will look at other candidates to be their new manager if their
stalled pursuit of Alan Pardew takes much longer to sort out.
Pardew quit as Reading boss this week but Royals' chairman John
Madejski has refused to accept his resignation.
That has left both Pardew and West Ham in limbo and the London club's
caretaker boss, Trevor Brooking, admitted that the Hammers were
considering their options. "It was always going to be the case that
we would have to look elsewhere if the situation drags on indefinitely,"
he said. "We have got other names on our shortlist.
body that represents football managers is calling for a full investigation
of Alan Pardew's resignation from Reading by the Football League.
Pardew quit as Royals boss yesterday after days of speculation linking
him with a switch to West Ham.
Reading Chairman John Madejski has refused to accept that resignation,
having rejected two official approaches from the Hammers and seems
set to launch legal action over the matter.
Now the League Managers Association has called for a full enquiry.
a statement it said:
"Alan Pardew understands our position as set out in the LMA's code
of conduct that a manager shall strictly observe the terms of contract
with his club and shall not either by himself or through a third
party enter into negotiations with another club without having a
permission from his employers."
reported that Alan Pardew could try and recruit some of his old
players and backroom staff from Reading once he's installed as the
new boss at West Ham.
Pardew's departure from Reading looks like heralding a potentially
acrimonious legal battle.
Royals boss stood down yesterday citing as the main reason the club's
refusal to allow him to talk to West Ham about their managerial
Chairman John Madejski has not accepted Pardew's resignation and
could now turn to the law to at least block his former employee
from taking charge at Upton Park.
Whitcher from STAR- the Supporters Trust at Reading - said fans
feel betrayed because less than a month ago Pardew had told the
fans forums that he hoped to be with the club a very long time.
Whitcher said: "We're very very disappointed and bearing in mind
what he said to us at the fan's forum less than a month ago it beggar's
belief that we're in this situation now.
do feel betrayal. No one pressed him to make the assurances that
he gave at the fans forum, he volunteered the fact that he had been
very happy at the club and that we shouldn't take any notce of what
we heard or read in the press. And he hoped to be with the club
for a very long time."
the meantime assistant manager Kevin Dillon has been put in caretaker
charge of the Royals for this weekend's clash with West Ham.
can hear the thoughts of Reading's new caretaker manager Kevin Dillon
in BBC Radio Berkshire's Drivetime Programme from 4 this afternoon.
Pardew has resigned as manager of Reading.
is expected to become manager of West Ham within the week, although
their press office have refused to comment on whetherthe clubs are
in talks with Pardew.
42, said that he had decided to leave the Division One club because
he had been denied the chance to speak to West Ham.
wish to announce my resignation from Reading Football Club with
immediate effect," said Pardew.
main issue has always been the opportunity to speak to West Ham
United Football Club which has been denied to me."
FC chairman John Madejski has rejected Pardew's resignation, and
said so in a mini statement made to the press earlier this afternoon
(Wednesday 10th September).
Listen to John Madejski rejecting Alan Pardew's resignation
is top of West Ham's list as they search for a full-time replacement
for Glenn Roeder, who was sacked in August.
legend Trevor Brooking is acting as caretaker manager at Upton Park,
but he has indicated that he does not want to be considered for
the full-time job.
Listen to Phil Parkinson's reaction to Alan Pardew's resignation
all started this morning when BBC Berkshire caught wind of a morning
meeting that Alan Pardew had with Reading FC Chairman John Madejski.
Berkshire sports reporter Joel Hufford spoke to him as Pardew left
the stadium and discovered that Pardew would be releasing a full
statement later on today.
Hufford said: "He looked like a man who was at ease with himself."
news of his resignation follows days of speculation and anguish
among Reading fans as rumours spread of West Ham's offer to Pardew.
Madejski spoke to BBC Radio Berkshire on Monday 8th September and
said that Alan Pardew should stick to his contract with Reading.