Doncaster Rovers confirm new role for James Coppinger plus tribute match plans, documentary and mural in his honour
Doncaster Rovers have confirmed that James Coppinger will take up a new role with the club after retiring as a player.
Coppinger will bid farewell as a player on Sunday against Peterborough United but will remain with Rovers in a multi-faceted role that will see him work with players and directors alike.
Rovers have also confirmed they plan to host a friendly in Coppinger’s honour to give supporters the chance to say goodbye to a man who has spent 17 seasons with the club.
And a documentary on his career is in the works, produced by Doncaster filmmaker Lewis Reeves.
The new role for Coppinger will see him focus on mental performance of staff and players from the professional development phase of the Academy through to the senior squad.
The 40-year-old has already acted as a mentor to players and this position will allow him to continue to offer advice and guidance.
He will also be available to support the senior coaching staff if required.
Coppinger will work closely with chief executive Gavin Baldwin to ‘create a structure and environment which will ensure players and staff can maximise their full potential.’
And Baldwin is delighted to keep Coppinger on board.
He said: “We’re all delighted that James has decided to continue his post-playing career at Rovers.
“We know that having his presence around has always been really important to the first-team and we’re really pleased that that will continue.
“We believe James’ new role will help everyone at the club improve and will see the Rovers continue to take positive strides on and off the field.
“We also believe it will make us one of the front runners when it comes to mental performance and help to make us an attractive club for potential players.”
No date has been confirmed for the tribute match for Coppinger at the Keepmoat but it will not take place until supporters are able to return without social distancing measures.
The documentary will look back on his career and look ahead to what is next for Coppinger, while supporters will be able to contribute.
A mural in the South Stand named Copps Corner will also be created in his honour.