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First team coach leaves

Reading Football Club yesterday evening confirmed that first team coach Nigel Gibbs has left the club.

In a statement they said: "Everyone at Madejski Stadium would like to wholeheartedly thank Nigel for his valuable contribution since arriving at Reading in 2006."

Eamonn Dolan, head of Reading's Academy, will take on responsibility for the first team going into their next Premier League fixture away to Manchester United.

Time for a change, club says, after sacking manager

Brian McDermott has been sacked by Reading Credit: Meridian

McDermott sacking: Brian gained promotion to the Barclays Premier League last year for only the second time in the club’s history, the club says, thanks to a remarkable run at the end of last season. However, in the current situation, the owner said a change was necessary.

McDermott to draw on squad players

Reading manager Brian McDermott Credit: Barclays Premier League

Reading manager Brian McDermott will fully utilise his squad for Monday night's FA Cup fifth-round tie at Manchester United.

Forwards Adam Le Fondre and Noel Hunt are back in contention after coming off the bench in last week's Barclays Premier League defeat at Stoke.

Striker Jason Roberts (hip) and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (shoulder) continue their rehabilitation.

Provisional Squad: Federici, Harte, Mariappa, Pearce, Kelly, McAnuff, McCleary, Leigertwood, Kebe, Blackman, Le Fondre, Akpan, Pogrebnyak, Hunt, Morrison, Taylor, Karacan, Shorey.

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