Unsuprisingly Steve Coppell has packed up his office and walked away again, this time on Reading. Mind you he almost did it after last season's relegation and obviously he had made his mind up as he faced the press last night
. It is fair to say I don't particularly like much of anything about Crystal Palarse, but I do like Steve Coppell.
Does anyone else think that Reading will now find it doubly tough next season? A number of their players are out of contract in the summer including the backbone of this season's side Hahnemann, Duberry and Gunnarsson. Whilst others such as Kevin Doyle, Stephen Hunt, Shane Long and James Harper may all feel another season in the Championship is too much. The Reading board meanwhile will have to re-finance accordingly and will be looking to make savings wherever they can. I do however know of a cheap(ish) manager with excellent Reading credentials and a good mate of Graeme Murty's if they want to give me a ring!
Burnley meanwhile have had a fantastic season and will be hoping to emulate Hull City. The Clarets were just 2 minutes away from reaching Wembley in the League Cup final after defeating Arsenal and Chelsea on route. They then lost to Arsenal in the 5th Round of the FA Cup and played some excellent football to finish as the Championship's 2nd highest scorers. The play-off final will be the Clarets 61st game of the season. I hope they do it.