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Reading boss Coppell considers stepping away

Steve Coppell has revealed his days at Reading may be numbered as he plans to take a 'Paul Jewell-style' break from football.

The manner in which he has established Reading as a Premier League club has earned him legendary status amongst the fans, but Royals fans may be witnessing the final contributions of their master.

Coppell is currently embroiled in his 24th year of management, and he admits he does not even enjoy his job anymore.

"I can't enjoy management," Coppell said in The Daily Telegraph. "I work all week to win a game.

"If we win, I have an unbelievable high for 20 minutes, but then it is thinking about the next game, who's in training, can we get videos over, who's in physio.

"If we are beaten, it's a bottomless pit. I have a depression after a defeat.

"I don't have any hobbies, pastimes. Sometimes my family don't cope very well, and keep out of the way. It goes through my mind when I get beat: 'Do I need this?'

"Then I wake up the next morning, the sun is shining and I crack on with it again. Other managers are perhaps more resilient than me.

"I am looking very shortly at having some time off, I must admit.

"My first stint [at Crystal Palace] was nine years, bits here and there, then Brentford, Brighton, and four years here.

"I am probably due a break. I'd do what Paul Jewell has done, play a bit of golf, get out of the environment for a bit, and then try to re-educate. I'd love to go and watch all the top managers here and abroad."

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