Former Reading manager Steve Coppell has returned to football having been appointed as director of football at League Two outfit Crawley Town.
The university graduate, who has previously managed Manchester City and Crystal Palace is the second high profile appointment at a lower level club following the recent appointment of Terry Venables as an adviser at non-league Wembley.
Crawley Chief Executive Alan Williams said: “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 One and beyond.”
Having been forced to retire due to injury at 27; Coppell still enjoyed an immensely successful playing career winning 42 England caps and playing at the 1982 World Cup.