Steve Coppell

Steve Coppell was most recently the head coach of the Kerala Blasters of the Indian Super League. Previously, he was Director of Football of Portsmouth.

Coppell is among the select band to have passed 1,000 games as a league manager.

Steve has taken two of the six clubs he has managed to uncharted heights.

Crystal Palace and Reading were both revolutionised by the former Manchester United and England winger, whose celebral style reflects an academic background.

Coppell spurned approaches from top clubs by choosing to start his playing career with Tranmere Rovers in order to complete a degree in economic history at university in his native Liverpool. He has worked in management since 1984.

Steve was aged just 28 years and 10 months when, after being forced into premature retirement by a knee injury, he was appointed by Palace as the League's youngest-ever boss.

Coppell has since won three promotions. Even more significantly, he led Palace to their highest-ever placing - third in the top flight in 1991 - and guided Reading into the elite division for the first time in the club's history.

Having signed Ian Wright from non-league football and forged his legendary partnership with Mark Bright, Coppell won promotion for Palace in 1989. He kept them in the top division for four years, also reaching the FA Cup final in 1990.

Two further spells as Selhurst Park manager followed his initial departure in the wake of relegation and another promotion was achieved in 1997. Either side of these tenures, he was briefly in charge of Manchester City and Brentford, where he took the Bees to a play-off final in 2002.

Coppell moved to Brighton where his side were top of the old Division Two when he was lured to Reading in October, 2003. The Royals reached the Premier League after three years of steady progression; their title success featured a 33 game unbeaten run and a haul of 106 points, both League records.

Steve was honoured with the LMA's overall Manager of the Year award, a feat he repeated 12 months later after leading Reading to eighth in the Premier League, just outside European qualification. Relegation followed but Coppell's final season at the Madejski Stadium could hardly be termed a failure as they finished fourth and lost out in the play-offs.

He later returned to management with Bristol City before he announced his retirement from management in August 2010.

Coppell is currently working with Richie Barker at Portsmouth as Director of Football having joined during the 2013/14 season, after they worked in the same capacity at Crawley Town.

His playing career featured 322 appearances and 53 goals for Manchester United with whom he won promotion back to the old First Division and the FA Cup. Coppell set a still-standing record for consecutive appearances for an outfield player at Old Trafford. . . 207 games from 1977 to 1981.

He won 42 caps for England and braved the injury that was to end his playing days by appearing in the 1982 World Cup.

Coppell is also a previous chief executive of the LMA.

Honours (13)
  • personal-awards
    • Reading:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (2008-12-01)
      • Inducted into LMA Hall of Fame 1000 Club, (2008-01-01)
      • LMA Manager of the Year, (30/05/2007)
      • Manager of the Month, Premier League, (2006-11-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Premier League, (2006-09-01)
      • Manager of the Year, Championship, (2006-05-30)
      • LMA Manager of the Year, (26/05/2006)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (2005-11-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (2005-10-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League Two, (2001-10-01)
  • promotions
    • Reading:
      • Promotion to Barclays Premiership, (2006-03-25)
    • Crystal Palace:
      • Promotion to FA Carling Premiership, (1997-05-11)
      • Promotion to Football League Division One, (1989-05-26)
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