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Reading sack manager Steve Clarke

Reading manager Steve Clarke had been sacked Credit: ITV

Steve Clarke, the Reading manager, has been sacked. The club issued a statement this morning.

The board of Reading Football Club have this morning relieved manager Steve Clarke of his duties.

The club met with Steve in person earlier today and we would like to place on permanent record our thanks to him for his hard work and diligence since his appointment in December 2014.

Following Thursday night’s defeat at home to QPR, added to a recent run of poor form which has seen the team pick up just one win in the last eight Sky Bet Championship fixtures, the board feel that a change in manager is now necessary.

During his time in charge of the Royals, Clarke presided over a total of 53 games, winning 19, drawing 14 and losing 20.

As part of this process, Assistant Manager Kevin Keen will also be leaving the club, and we would like to thank him for his efforts.

The board of Reading Football Club are committed to taking this club forward and will immediately begin the recruitment process in search of a new manager.

In the interim period, Under-21s Manager Martin Kuhl will take temporary charge of first team affairs and will lead training at Hogwood Park this morning.

– Reading Football Club

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Reading manager Steve Clarke confirms he WILL stay at club

Reading's manager Steve Clarke confirms he will stay at the club Credit: PA

Reading manager Steve Clarke says he will stay at the club - despite talks yesterday with fellow Championship side Fulham about the vacant manager's position.

In today's press conference - postponed from it's routine slot yesterday - Clarke told us he understands some fans who are disappointed following yesterday's events - but says he hopes they'll get behind the team at the Madejski Stadium tomorrow when the Royals take on Bolton Wanderers.

Name change for Reading's Madejski Stadium?

There has been a mixed reaction from fans to reports that Reading Football Club's Madejski Stadium could be renamed.

An aerial view of the Madejski Stadium in Reading

One of the Thai owners has said she is in talks with several companies to bring in more sponsorship money. The club says there are no immediate plans to change the name which has been in place in since 1998 in tribute to the co-chairman, Sir John Madejski.

Here's what some people in Reading said when we asked for their opinions.

Sir John Madejski, Reading FC co-chairman

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Reading fined £100,000 after pitch invasion

Reading Football Club has been fined £100,000 for failing to prevent a pitch invasion at the Madejski Stadium.

Fans invaded the pitch after the Royals FA Cup quarter-final victory over Bradford City in March.

The Football Association charged the club with failing to ensure that no spectators or unauthorised person encroached the pitch. The club challeged the charge, but has now been fined.

Reading gain a third successive draw.

Reading's Alex Pearce comes close from a corner Credit: PA Sport

The best chance for Reading, who face Arsenal in the Cup at Wembley next Saturday, fell to Jamie Mackie in the first half but his header went over. Blackburn barely threatened throughout a scrappy match but home keeper Adam Federici did have to tip over a dangerous cross from Ben Marshall. Reading manager Steve Clarke had one eye on the trip to Wembley, resting usual left back Jordan Obita. Obita has nine yellow cards this season and, should he have collected a 10th against Blackburn, he would have missed the semi-final due to suspension. Blackburn could also have made the last-four of the Cup but lost a quarter-final replay 1-0 to Liverpool at Ewood Park on Wednesday night. Reading have been in ragged form, with just two wins in their past 11 league games, but began brightly. An early corner from Garath McCleary on the right found Alex Pearce in the Blackburn area but the centre back's header flew high and wide.< Mackie crossed low and hard, also from the right, but Hal Robson-Kanu's first-time effort was gathered easily by Blackburn keeper Simon Eastwood.< Blackburn had won four of their previous six league games but, with the play-offs well out of their reach, they appeared lacking in motivation.< Even 17-goal Jordan Rhodes struggled to make any headway up front as the home defence enjoyed a comfortable first half. Reading persevered going forward but were off target again, Nathaniel Chalobah twice wasting good openings with poor shots from distance. Another chance fell to Mackie. McCleary chipped over a cross from the left but Mackie's header looped narrowly over the bar. Reading ended the half with a flurry. Captain Jem Karacan, making his first start in 19 months after knee problems, had a shot blocked. Robson-Kanu then drove over and a strong Tommy Spurr tackle denied Pavel Pogrebnyak from a Mackie cross. Blackburn improved after the break and at last managed to create a threat moving forward. Marshall steadied himself just outside the home area but his goalbound effort was cleared to safety by Chris Gunter. Blackburn went even closer when Marshall chipped over a cross from the left. It seemed to be dipping under the bar but Federici managed to tip it over. Reading swiftly resumed control and twice went close. A Mackie cross evaded everyone in the Blackburn area - as did a fiercely driven McCleary corner from the left. Pogrebnyak raced clear of the Blackburn defence near the end but, at the vital moment, slipped over and lost all chance of a winner as Reading gained their third successive draw.

Reading fined £30k over breaking integrity rules

Reading have been fined Credit: PA

Reading have been hit with a suspended £30,000 fine after breaching Football League 'integrity' regulations.

The Royals admitted breaking rules which prohibit any individual or legal entity having an interest in more than one club.

In a statement on Monday afternoon the Football League revealed that Reading, who were struggling financially after being relegated from the Premier League in 2013, had borrowed more than £16million from a company which also held an interest in three other clubs.

Goals galore at the Madejski!

Reading's Michael Hector celebrates scoring his side's first goal Credit: PA

A late equaliser from Glenn Murray rescued Reading a vital point in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Madejski Stadium.

The Royals took the lead on 19 minutes as Michael Hector netted his first goal from the club with a thumping header.

Wolves responded quickly in the second-half, completing a quick turnaround courtesy of ex-Reading Midfielder James Henry and Evans, before Jake Taylor equalised for the hosts.

Substitute Dave Edwards looked to have sealed a win for the visitors late on as his flicked header crept over the line, but Murray's superb strike from outside the box two minutes from time snatched a draw back for the hosts.

Murray snatches draw in six goal thriller Credit: Reading FC
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