In 1990, Copeland became the Football Association's Regional Director of Coaching for the North of England. In 1993 he added the part-time role of England women's coach to his duties and remained in both posts until 1998. His successor, Hope Powell became the first full-time manager of the England women's team.
He later worked as director of sport at East Durham College and was director of education services for a sports marketing company, Navigator.
In August 2006, Copeland and his wife Cindy took early retirement and moved to Parcent, Alicante.