Steve Coppell Resigns as Bristol City Manager

Richard Smith by Richard Smith / 12 August 2010, 11:05

Steve Coppell has resigned as manager of Bristol City after just two games in charge ! Coppell, who took over at Ashton Gate in May handed in his resignation to the City board on Thursday with immediate effect, a situation that leaves the Robins in turmoil.

An opening day 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Millwall in The Championship followed by Tuesday's 3-2 defeat at Southend in the Carling Cup are thought to have been the catalyst for Coppell's decision, although nobody could have predicted the former Reading and Crystal Palace boss would have ended his stay in the West Country so soon.

In a statement published on the Bristol City website, Coppell commented that "it is with regret that he is leaving the club" and that "it's in the best interest of both him and the club that they go their separate ways". He added that he is "retiring from football management but feels he has something to offer the game in the future."

The news of Coppell's sudden departure from Bristol City is not the first time that he has left a club after a short time in charge. In 1996, he was in charge at Manchester City for just six games before he handed in his notice. Bookmakers certainly didn't see this one coming, offering 25/1 that Coppell would be the first Championship manager to leave just last week.

The City board reacted quickly to Coppell's exit by appointing Keith Millen on a three year contract. Millen was place din temporary charge in March following the sacking of Gary Johnson, winning five of City's remaining nine games and losing just once. he also had a short spell in charge as caretaker in 2005 following the end of Brian Tinnion's tenure at the club.

The news of this managerial change at Ashton Gate has seen the odds on Bristol City's winning the title this season lengthen from as short as 12/1 before last Saturday's kick off to 25/1 with Victor Chandler. Following the signing of David James, much optimism surrounded the chances of promotion this season and much now will depend on how quickly Millen can steady the ship following Coppell's decision.

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