Vital Football

Latest Reading FC News

Coppell Cool over Sidwell Saga

Coppell Cool over Sidwell Saga

Steve Coppell is adamant that he isn`t and won`t be losing sleep over Steve Sidwell`s expiring contract.

Sidwell, 23, has been playing the best football of his career at Reading this season, thriving on the challenge of the Premiership. But come the end of the season the player will be out of contract and negotiations with a new club could start as soon as December in a pre-empted deal.

And although fans may be worried about losing the lynchpin of their midfield, Steve Coppell insists it is not a problem for him:

"I accepted the situation during the summer. In a way, if I was him, I'd probably be doing the same thing.

'The bottom line is that he has to be producing a level of performance. He's a lot tougher on himself than a lot of the others."

Siddy has been at the top of his game all season and has flourished at the top level, winning important tackles and managing to score a couple of goals too.

The former Arsenal youth player has long been admired by Stuart Pearce who would be only too eager to bring him to the (at the moment struggling) Man City - if he is still there come the summer. Ian Dowie`s Charlton were also linked with the player last summer as were Everton, Aston Villa and even Villareal.

"I appreciate it must really be an exciting time for any young player coming to the end of their contract.

"Big clubs might be after him and there might be a possibility of foreign football."

However Coppell does not want to appear as if he has accepted the loss of Sidwell, in fact Coppell is as ever keen to keep the player as he was before contract talks broke down in the summer. It seems though he just wants what is best for the player and for the club:

"He has to make sure he has to perform but Siddy is a good player. He has got to play well for the team.

'We will keep knocking at the door and try to entice him to sign for us.

'He has got to prove himself by not talking in the newspapers but by playing well on a weekend."

Let`s hope that Sidders chooses to stay, he`s played a pivotal role in the season so far and last years record breaking campaign and it would be great to se the winning team of 05/06 sticking together. Finally, (dare I say it?) Sidwell could prove a very hard player to replace...


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:
Date:Monday November 13 2006
Time: 1:58PM

Comments

0
great sense and words of advice by coppell...hope the lad listens to them...
ernshaw
16/11/2006 15:32:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Reading Articles

Team news - Sheffield United vs Reading

As we look forward to building on our win at Leeds last week with another tough away trip at Sheffield United, we take a quick peek at some team news.

Officials - Sheffield United v Reading (21/10/17)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between Sheffield United and Reading this Saturday.

Stam confirms summer interest in striker

Jaap Stam confirms he tried to raid his former club for a striker in the summer, but proved unsuccessful.

More Reliable Than A Championship Octopus? (18/10/17)

Time for the special computer that crunches the numbers to determine the final Championship positions for the season of 2017/18.

Archived Vital Reading Articles

Vital Reading articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Reading
Write For Vital Reading
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Leeds MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Mannone50%
Bacuna0%
Ilori25%
Moore0%
Gunter0%
McCleary0%
Edwards0%
van den Berg0%
Beerens0%
Bodvarsson0%
Aluko0%
Sub - Barrow25%
Sub - Kelly0%
Sub - Clement0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Reading Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.smokey441
The Vital Football Members League