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Steve Coppell will be Reading's new manager.

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Reading FC - Steve Coppell is new manager
It's 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.

Nigel Howe, Steve Coppell, John Madejski and Nicky Hammond
Chief Executive Nigel Howe, new Manager Steve Coppell, Chairman John Madejski and Head of Football Nicky Hammond field questions - listen to the press conference in full

Speaking 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.

Reporters at the announcement
Reporters attend the press conference - BBC Radio Berkshire's Tim Dellor is asking the questions

"We'll 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."

Tim Dellor interviewing the new manager
Tim Dellor collars the new manager - listen to the interview

The 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.

Reading 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.

The 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

It could 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.

With 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 outings.

The 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.

It's just been announced by Reading FC that NO ANNOUNCEMENT on the new manager will be made today.

Reading 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.

Reading 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.

Kevin Dillon interview
BBC Radio Berkshire caught up with caretaker manager Kevin Dillon after the disappointing performance against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Listen to the interview here.

Latest 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 applicants.

Tony Adams retired last year because of a series of injuries, but he has made it known he wishes to move into management.

There are also reports linking Glen Hoddle with the vacant position.

Reports 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.

His primary task in the short term will be to oversee the process of find a new manager after the departure of Alan Pardew.

Chairman 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."

On 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..."

When 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.

John Madejski
Mr Madejski was visibly upset over the way things have panned out

At the press conference at the club on Thursday evening, Madejski said...

"Alan 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.

John Madejski at the press conference
Madejski remains in a belligerently optimistic mood about the future

"Furthermore 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.

"I'm 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."

"I think this settlement vindicates Reading...

"I would really like to thank the fans for their fantastic support they've given, not only me, but the board and Reading Football Club.

"I 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.

"...we 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.

"...we've built up a head of steam at this club and we want to keep that head of steam going.

"Alan's 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 the season."

Alan Pardew off to West Ham
Reading 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.

"A deal has been agreed," Pardew's agent Barry Nevill said.

Pardew added: "I'd like to send a message to the Reading fans and thank them for their support.

"I 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 them forward."

Pardew resigned from his position at Reading on 10 September after Royals chairman John Madejski denied him permission to talk to the Hammers.

"It's been hard, tortuous, but the tradition and history of West Ham was an attraction I couldn't turn down," he added.

"I know it's going to be a tough task there and we need to get back into the Premiership.

"It's 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.

West 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.

11/09/03 - 1300
The 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.

In 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."
Hear the statement

11/09/03 - 1100
It's 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.

11/09/03 - 0900
Alan Pardew's departure from Reading looks like heralding a potentially acrimonious legal battle.

The 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 vacancy.

Reading 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.

David 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.

Mr 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.

"We 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."

In the meantime assistant manager Kevin Dillon has been put in caretaker charge of the Royals for this weekend's clash with West Ham.

You can hear the thoughts of Reading's new caretaker manager Kevin Dillon in BBC Radio Berkshire's Drivetime Programme from 4 this afternoon.

Alan Pardew has resigned as manager of Reading.

He 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.

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.

"I wish to announce my resignation from Reading Football Club with immediate effect," said Pardew.

"My main issue has always been the opportunity to speak to West Ham United Football Club which has been denied to me."

Reading 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).

audio Listen to John Madejski rejecting Alan Pardew's resignation

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Pardew is top of West Ham's list as they search for a full-time replacement for Glenn Roeder, who was sacked in August.

Hammers 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.

audio Listen to Phil Parkinson's reaction to Alan Pardew's resignation

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It all started this morning when BBC Berkshire caught wind of a morning meeting that Alan Pardew had with Reading FC Chairman John Madejski.

BBC 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.

Mr Hufford said: "He looked like a man who was at ease with himself."

The news of his resignation follows days of speculation and anguish among Reading fans as rumours spread of West Ham's offer to Pardew.

Mr Madejski spoke to BBC Radio Berkshire on Monday 8th September and said that Alan Pardew should stick to his contract with Reading.


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