Coppell warns off rivals
By Amanda Cornforth
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Steve Coppell has told rival clubs to forget about moves for Kevin Doyle or Steve Sidwell.
Reading manager Steve Coppell has told rival clubs to forget about transfer window moves for Kevin Doyle or Steve Sidwell.
Coppell, who plans to play a weakened side in Saturday's FA Cup third round tie at home to Burnley, is adamant no regular first-team player will be allowed to leave The Madejski Stadium this month.
"No-one will be leaving this club in January. It's a promise from me - no-one will leave unless we want them to go," he said.
"There will be other things going on but none of the players who have figured so far will be leaving."
Doyle's goals have helped The Royals make an excellent start to their first season in the Premiership and he is known to be coveted by a number of top-flight rivals.
But Coppell insisted: "No-one has rung me about Kevin Doyle and nobody will. He is not going anywhere.
"I have had one bid for a player but he is not one who is on most people's radars."
Midfielder Sidwell has also adapted well to life in the Premiership and knows he will soon be able to negotiate a move elsewhere as his contract expires in the summer.
But Coppell argued that staying put would be better for all concerned.
"It is an exciting time for him but he is a player who wants to play and he knows he will play here," he said.
"If he goes somewhere else and becomes part of a rotational squad then there might not be the job satisfaction he has at the moment.
"In an age when, I'm afraid, it is all about money, it will be interesting to see where job satisfaction comes.
"We are planning to talk to him about staying here and I know what will bring him round, but I don't control that.
"We are the club we are and the chairman has gone on record saying he will never mortgage the club to retain Premiership status."