Coppell wanted to stay with Brighton
Former Royals manager Steve Coppell has revealed that he was forced out of Brighton, that led him to become the Reading manager in October 2003.
The 56-year old is unarguably the most successful manager in Reading's history, leading them to the Premier League for the first time in their 125-year history and finishing a highly credible 8th in the first season.
The former Brighton manager told The Argus: 'I didn`t want to leave Brighton. Dick didn`t put pressure on me by any means but I would quite happily have stayed at the club. I said to Dick 'If you don`t want me to speak to Reading I won`t speak to them`.'
"It was a difficult decision. I turned down Reading`s initial offer and, when they came back to me, again I would quite happily have stayed. At the time we were top of the table and I thought we had the foundation of a good set-up.'
Coppell has taken a back step in football in recent months, having resigned from Bristol City in summer last year. He was linked and reportedly interviewed for the recently vacant Portsmouth job but lost out to Michael Appleton.