Stephen James Coppell (born 9 July 1956) is an English football manager and former player, who last managed ATK in Indian Super League.
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. After a knee injury ended his playing career, he went into management.
He has managed several English clubs, most notably Crystal Palace and Reading, both of which he took from the English second tier to achieve each club’s greatest-ever successes in the top flight. He has also managed Manchester City, Bristol City, Brighton & Hove Albion, and Brentford. He is credited with discovering players such as Ian Wright, a striker he signed from non-league football, and who became a household name and international footballer
the goal of the podcast is to share some inspiration by speaking with some of the most influential people I have had the pleasure of knowing, working or collaborating with in some capacity.
These people have helped shape the way I think, and every time I have the privilege of sitting down and talking with them, I come away richer for the experience.
Today’s guest is one of the most well-known managers in football, starting his managerial career at the tender age of 28 after an injury curtailed his playing career with England and Manchester United – not before setting a record of 207 consecutive appearances for United– a record unlikely to ever be broken
He has managed nine different clubs so far in his career, including Crustal Palace, (where he was invited to manage on no less than four separate occasions) Reading, Brighton, Brentford and Manchester City.
At Reading his team achieved an extraordinary 106 points tally when he guided them to the Premier League for the first time in their history, along the way the team set other incredible records including an unprecedented 33games unbeaten sequence scoring 99 goals in the process
I had the privilege of working with him as the first-team coach at Crystal Palace, Brentford and Brighton and he is another friend who has inspired me and many others over the years.
He was well ahead of the curve in terms of his knowledge and understanding of psychology, video analysis and scouting as well as a team and individual management. In this podcast he talks about his life in the game, man-management and leadership, touching on his philosophy and nd in the advent of Black Lives matter, he speaks about how the black players in his early career laid the path for today’s players of colour to follow His story is fascinating and inspiring
My guest today is Steve Coppell