Reading badgeSteve Coppell has decided to stay in his role as coach of Reading despite their relegation to the Championship.

Coppell has been with the club for the past 5 years and guided his charges to 8th place on their debut season in the Premier League. But his future was thrown in to doubt after the Royals were consigned to Championship football on the final day of last season.

“I’m very pleased to be staying,” said the 52-year-old.

“After the end of the season I needed time to reflect and think about what was the best course of action for both myself and for Reading Football Club.”

Chairman John Madejski added: “I’m delighted to say Steve Coppell has come to terms with us and is honouring his contract to stay for another term.

“The vast majority of people thought he would have gone if we went down but he hasn’t and he wants to see the job through.

“He now has a job to get us back into the Premier League again.”

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