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No Transfer Second Chances

Steve Coppell has had a pop at the players who turned their noses up at the chance to sign Reading in summer.

The Reading boss suggested that a player not wanting to come to the club played a huge huge role in Reading`s relatively quiet summer

'There weren't many foreign players who wanted to come here because they'd never heard of us or they were thinking: 'Reading will go straight back down again'. Coppell told the Daily Express.

It was obviously an issue for all of this season`s promoted teams, Watford and Sheff Utd did not sign any substantially acclaimed players.

'One of the big factors for us when we're trying to sign players is whether they want to come here.

'We went down an awful lot of blind alleys. When we offered them the chance to come to Reading, they asked 'Who?'

But since the season began Reading have proven themselves capable in the Premiership. Notable results against Tottenham, Man Utd and Middlesborough have shown Reading could have what it takes to survive in one of the world`s leading leagues.

'Now players in Europe, Africa and Asia might be a bit more familiar with us."

But Coppell insists that those fickle enough to have shunned Reading in summer but might now be eager to jump on the bandwagon will not be given a second chance.

'I won't be going back for any of the players we missed out on during the summer.'




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Date:Wednesday December 6 2006

Time: 12:48PM

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Just passing through - Fair play to Coppell, hopefully he stands by this. Anyone that shunned you when you first came up presumably did so because they thought you'd get relegated straight away. For them to change their mind merely shows that they are unwilling to put the effort in to be the key to keep you up, and are simply happy to take the glory that others may bestow on them. Good decision Coppell, and good luck to Reading for the rest of the season. (Third place looming? ;-) )
Head Rover Heels
Has Coppell got much money to spend in January? We have a couple of proven premiership strikers you can have!
DeanoVilla
He's spot on with what he's saying!! But would he be saying the same if you weren't doing so well!! He can afford to make that Stand against the glory hunters and those not willing to work hard!!
BaldyYid
baldy yid i agree but if we werent doing so well then he wouldnt have a chance to say it cos they would not be coming. deano, im sure we'd have gareth barry off of you ;)!! and head rover heels, i dont know what players coppell went for as reading keep transfer business hush hush generally, but i expect he will go for john mensah again, that transfer as blocked by his club rather then him
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