Coppell backs current influx of young managers in English football

Steve Coppell has insisted that the amount of young managers coming through into English football is a positive thing and they can offer certain things experienced managers can’t.

The former England international had his career cut short at the age of 28 and then took a job at Crystal Palace. Coppell has since enjoyed an illustrious career in management and and has backed the decision by some Premier League and Football League chairman to sign young managers. Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas was brought in by the Blues this summer at the age of 34 and the Football League sees managers like 31 year old Karl Robinson at MK Dons, 34 year old Eddie Howe at Burnley and 36 year old Michael Appleton at Portsmouth.

Coppell believes that young managers are learning the trade and if they can strike up a good partnership with their chairman, the chance to build a great side would be easy. The 56 year old also insists that good commitment and endeavour will come from young managers.

‘I think you are guaranteed commitment and endeavour. For a lot of chairmen, you are able to mould a young manager a lot better than the older one who is set in his ways. The relationship between a manager and a chairman is, without doubt, the most critical at any club.

“If you’ve got a young manager who is accepting of the fact that he is learning the trade, then the relationship can grow. A lot of chairmen want to see a different kind of development, more of a partnership than some older managers are prepared to give’, Coppell said.

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