Coppell's shock retirement leaves Bristol City in lurch
BRISTOL CITY supporters still recovering from England goalkeeper David James' surprise arrival at Ashton Gate less than two weeks ago have been left stunned by Steve Coppell's resignation.
The manager announced his departure and immediate retirement after just three months and two competitive games in charge of the Championship club.
Coppell, who was appointed in April, has never been the most hot-blooded of managers but, even so, his revelation that he has been unable to get the juices flowing was greeted with surprise across the football fraternity.
But in fitting with his enigmatic persona, Coppell, who is one of the few to have managed in more than 1,000 domestic league and cup matches, left the door open for a return to football in the future.
In a statement, Coppell said: "I have made my decision after very careful consideration. I could not become passionate about the role and give the commitment the position demands.
"I am retiring from football management, but still feel I have a contribution to make to the game some time in the future."
The brevity of his tenure has inevitably led to comparisons with his resignation from Manchester City in 1996.
The former England winger never gave his reasons for departing Maine Road one November morning after just 33 days in charge. (© Daily Telegraph, London)