Stevie Coppell is still Favourite

Last updated : 27 May 2002 By Bob Gear
With Steve Cotterill having been announced today as the new manager of Stoke City AND signing a 3 year contract, the list of candidates for the Brighton job is narrowing.

Steve Coppell is currently still the manager of Brentford, but has not yet reached agreement with Ron Noades on the playing budget for next season. Noades is reported to have stated that no player will be offered a contract of more than £500 per week.

With these constraints it seems likely that Brentford would lose some of their best players. Lloyd Owusu is among those players out of contract, and likely to move on in the summer, perhaps with his manager.

Under these conditions it is thought unlikely that Coppell would stay at Griffin Park. He is currently on holiday and expected to let Nodes know his intentions when he returns shortly.

Coppell recently stated "I want to be with a club who have ambitions of being successful on the field. I feel Brentford lack those ambitions and are mainly concerned with simply achieving survival. I want more than that."

Coppell, who many claim should be the Manager of the Season for what he has achieved on such a limited budget, revealed: "People were paying me similar compliments when I saved Crystal Palace from relegation while they were in administration - but it didn't pay my wages. I was still out of work for a year after I left them. I need a job."

It is thought that Coppell IS interested in the Brighton job, but is not willing to commit himself until after the result of the planning committee is known on June 13th.

So, I guess it's just sit & wait until then on both Stadium & Manager fronts.