James Coppinger confirms talks over new role with Doncaster Rovers
The final details are still being put into the job specification but James Coppinger has revealed he is in discussions over taking up a new role with Doncaster Rovers.
The 40-year-old will feature in his final game for Rovers on Sunday after 17 seasons with the club.
But he looks set to remain at the club beyond this summer and admits he is keen to maintain a professional relationship at the Keepmoat.
“We’re still talking around what that looks like and how it will work,” he told the Free Press.
“For me, it’s a no brainer to be associated with the club and help the club be the best it could be.
“I’ve suggested it on numerous occasions and I’ve been working with them over the last 12 to 18 months in a few different areas.
“I’ve really learned and enjoyed the experiences.
“I’m looking forward to the next chapter with the club.
“I think it will be quite flexible at first but I’d like to think I’ve got a lot to offer.”
It is understood that Coppinger is set to take on a broad advisory role, working with players on an individual basis as a mentor but also helping to guide the club’s hierarchy.
“I know the club inside out, I know the league and the one above inside out,” he said.
“I know what it takes to be successful and I also know what it’s like when you’re not being successful.
“I genuinely want the club to do well. I think it’s got a lot of potential.
“A lot of it has been realised but there’s a lot to still be realised.
“The support of Gavin Baldwin for me has been paramount in me staying at the club for the last few years. David [Blunt, chairman] and Terry [Bramall, owner] have been unbelievable for me. They’re unbelievable people.
“They might not get the recognition they deserve but they run the club in the right way.
“They have the club’s interests at heart which stands for a lot for me these days.
“Hopefully I can add to that and help the team, the academy, everything.
“I like to think I can help the club as a whole.”