Reading manager Steve Coppell has resigned from his post, after it emerged that controversial details of his expenses claims are to be published by a newspaper.
Coppell, 53, announced his decision to reporters after his side lost 2-0 to Burnley in the Championship play-off second leg at the Madejski Stadium last night.
"Following our play-off exit I feel it's the best thing, for both the club and myself, for me to leave. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Reading manager and would like to thank everyone connected to the club for the support I have received."
Newshounds, however, have discovered that the ex-Manchester United and England winger was to be the subject of a report by the Daily Bullshit, which would have shown that Coppell submitted an expenses claim for items that the public might possibly think were non-essential for his position as football manager.
These items included £3.49 for hair restorer, £8.99 for anti-anxiety medication, £2.99 for sleeping pills, a £3,000 bill for psychiatric consultations as well as £15.99 for a strong bag for his nerves, all items Coppell says were absolutely essential for him to be able to carry on as manager of the Royals.
Coppell took charge of Reading in 2003 and guided his team into the Premier League three years later, but they were subsequently relegated in 2008. They had looked like candidates for automatic promotion until the turn of the year, but their form fell away in the final three months of the season, and their last win at home was on 27 January.
There has been much criticism of the pitch at the Madejski Stadium, which has been likened to Glastonbury.
Having now failed to gain promotion back to the PL, the gritty Northerner has decided to 'release the pressure', and will be convalescing at home until the next, less stressful, job comes along.