West Brom want CoppellBy Nick Ive
June 17, 2009
Steve Coppell is on the list of possible candidates to replace Tony Mowbray at West Bromwich Albion.
The former Royals boss ended his five-and-a-half-year tenure at Madejski Stadium last month after failing to guide the club back to the Premier League.
And the Baggies, who are looking for a new manager following Mowbray’s decision to go to Scottish giants Celtic, have identified Coppell as a prospective successor.
Alan Curbishley and Paul Ince have both expressed an interest in the vacancy, while Peterborough’s Darren Ferguson and former Hawthorns captain Derek McInnes, now of St Johnstone, are also likely to be considered.
Coppell, aged 53, snubbed the chance of a quick return to management a couple of weeks ago with an unnamed Championship side.
Although he is not ready to retire, the former Crystal Palace, Brentford and Brighton boss has said he wants to take a couple of months off before taking up a new job.
He was set to lead Reading’s title-winning team out for Graeme Murty’s testimonial, but he has been forced to pull out as his son Mark, who has just completed a golf scholarship in the United States, is playing in a competition.
Coppell missed his son’s graduation due to his involvement in Reading's failed play-off campaign.
The Royals ‘106’ team, named after the number of points they amassed in winning the Championship three years ago, will now be managed by former assistant boss Kevin Dillon at Madejski Stadium on Monday July 20.