Steve Coppell excited by Portsmouth challenge

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 says that he is looking forward to his director of football role at Portsmouth.

Steve Coppell has said that he is looking forward to working as Portsmouth's new director of football.

The 58-year-old joined the League Two outfit on Monday alongside new manager Richie Barker, with whom Coppell worked at Crawley Town.

The former Reading boss has admitted his intrigue at the fact that the club is owned by the Portsmouth Supporters' Trust.

"It's going to be a real exciting and interesting journey," the Portsmouth News quotes Coppell as saying.

"I'm fascinated by the concept of the supporters owning the football club.

"In an age when you see so many outsiders, if I can call them that, owning football clubs, I think it's terrific to see supporters first and foremost caring about the club to save it and then trying to progress it forward into the future to compete against so many benevolent millionaires, who look after other clubs."

Portsmouth currently sit 17th in the table.

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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