Steve Coppell

Steve Coppell

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Stephen James "Steve" Coppell (born 9 July 1955) is an English former footballer and manager, currently without a club.

As a player, he was a highly regarded right winger known for his speed and work rate. He won domestic honours with Manchester United and represented England at the World Cup. An injury (to the knee) made it hard for his career to continue, so he went into managing instead.

He has managed Bristol City, Crystal Palace, Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford, as well as guiding Reading to the Premier League for the first time in 2006. He is credited with discovering players such as Ian Wright, an unknown who became a household name and international footballer.Coppell has a degree in economics which he gained at Liverpool University whilst playing for Manchester United.

Playing career

Early days

At the age of 11, Coppell went to Quarry Bank Grammar School in South Liverpool, where musician John Lennon and footballer Joe Royle had previously been pupils. Just one year ahead of Coppell were Clive Barker, Les Dennis (Heseltine) and Brian Barwick, the Chief Executive of the FA since January 2005.

Coppell was a nippy, incisive wide player in his youth but despite interest from some top clubs, he chose to join lower league Merseyside club Tranmere Rovers as he wanted to study for a degree in economic history at the University of Liverpool.

By 1974, Coppell was...
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