10/04/2012 06:43 BST | Updated 10/04/2012 06:44 BST

Steve Coppell Ends Exile To Become Director Of Football At Crawley Town

Former Reading manager Steve Coppell has ended his exile from football to take up a role at Crawley Town.

Coppell has been appointed director of football at the club, after ex-manager Steve Evans left yesterday to take over at Rotherham United.

Craig Brewster will remain as interim manager, with 56-year-old Coppell overseeing "football operations", according to a club statement.

Mark Bright played under Coppell at Crystal Palace:

The Red Devils' chief executive Alan Williams told the Crawley website: "Bringing someone with Steve's stature in football as well as his experience and detailed knowledge of the game to Crawley Town is another important milestone in the development of the club.

"Steve's background and pedigree will help us to achieve our aims of pushing into League 1 and beyond and I am sure his appointment will be welcomed by everyone with Crawley Town FC at heart."

Coppell took Reading up to the Premier League in 2006, and the Royals finished eighth in their first season.

The former Manchester United winger was thereafter touted as a future England coach, but relegation the following campaign compelled the Liverpudlian to leave a year later and he claimed he had retired from football management after a disastrous four-month stint at Bristol City in 2010.