Steve Coppell leaves Crawley Town post

Then Bristol City manager Steve Coppell looks on during the pre-season friendly match between Bristol City and Blackpool at Ashton Gate on July 31, 2010
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Steve Coppell has quit his position as Director of Football with Crawley Town, the club have confirmed.

Steve Coppell has fuelled speculation regarding a return to management by quitting his role as Director of Football with Crawley Town tonight.

Coppell, 58, is reported to have considered his future with the club after the dismissal of manager Richie Barker on Wednesday, who he had appointed.

Chief Executive Michael Dunford released a statement on the club's official website confirming Copppell's departure.

"Steve will always have a special place in our hearts at Crawley Town FC because he was instrumental in assisting Craig Brewster in securing our promotion to League One and has since been a very good advisor to the both the board of directors and the team management.

"Steve is a long term friend of our owners and will always be welcome at Crawley Town FC and we wish him every success for the future."

The former Crystal Palace and Reading boss has been out of management since a stint with Bristol City in 2010 but has recently been linked with a return, with Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan Athletic all linked with the veteran having parted company with their respective coaches at the weekend.

Crawley Town manager Richie Barker during the Sky Bet League One match between Sheffield United and Crawley Town at Bramall Lane on October 04, 2013
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